James Jernigan and Cyrus N. Little
Leo William Little has some interesting information on two Milton County Civil War Soldiers.
James Jernigan Little and Cyrus N. Little.
James Jernigan Little grew up in Milton County, and married Julia A. Hope in Milton Co in 1868. James was a soldier in the Confederate army.
After James' death in 1908, Julia Little applied for a pension as a Confederate soldier's widow while living in Texas. Accompanying her application (now in the Texas State Archives) are two affidavits.
The first was sworn before a judge in Childress Co, TX and reads ...
"My name is A.T. Scott, age 75 years, place of residence and Post Office address Childress, Texas. I knew James J. Little during his life time; I first knew him in Milton County Georgia, got acquainted with him about the time the war commenced between the Confederate
States and the United States; I was with him in the Confederate Army,we belonged to the same Company, Company C. Phillips Legion, Georgia Volunteers; Capt. W.B. Puckett and afterwards Capt. E.C. Hardin; He enlisted in said Company about the beginning of said war and served
about 3.1/2 years to the best of my memory. He was a true and loyal soldier, never deserted his command and I never knew any other James J. Little in the Confederate army."
The second was sworn before a judge in Marietta, GA and reads ...
"Personally appeared before (me), John Tate, a citizen of said county being duly sworn, deposeth and says that affiant enlisted in Co. "C" Phillipps Legion, Cavelry (sic), in the fall of 1862, that at the time of affiants enlistment, J.J. Little, was a member of said "Co" and that said J.J. Little, served in said "Co" in Virginia until near the close of the war, when his command was transfered to the Western Army, and surrendered April 26th, 1865, with Johnson, at Greenesborough N.C. Said Little being present when the army surrendered."
Cyrus N. Little also grew up in Milton Co, and married Nancy Marietta Rogers in 1861 in Forsyth Co (where he moved after the war).
Cyrus enlisted as a private on July 4, 1861. He was wounded in the left leg, requiring amputation below the knee, at Mechanicsville, Virginia in 1862, and discharged that year with a disability at Richmond, Virginia.
Both Cyrus and James were sons of Thomas Little who lived for 40 years on the south side of McGinnis Ferry road in Milton Co. Thomas Little has a brief mention in a colorful account by Ted Brooke of Cumming, GA (see http://www.terrystexasrangers.org/roster/s/street_s.html) when Yankee soldiers "came down the McGinnis Ferry Road and went as far as the Tommy Little place" in 1864.
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