The following article was published in the local newspaper in Americus, Ga., the Sumter Republican on 22 Oct., 1864. I cannot imagine the heartbreak and sorrow that resulted in the reading of a casualty list such as this in a small Southern town where the soldiers were usually known by almost everyone. Of the four Cobb brothers, Jacob was wounded twice, Avery twice and disabled, James killed, and William wounded and disabled. My other GGGrandfather, James Castleberry, was wounded three times, the first time at Fredericksburg when he was 15 years old. I have a son myself, and cannot even imagine the heartbreak of reading a casualty list from the front. What a strong and courageous people those Georgians were! The James Daniel referred to in the article below, is my GGUncle......
List of Casualties of Co. "K" 9th Ga. Regiment
Battles of Sept.30, and Oct.7th,1864
Mr. Hancock.-You will greatly oblige us by publishing the following list for the benefit of the friends and relatives of Co. "K" 9th Ga. Regiment.
Sept. 30-Killed-James A. Young
Wounded-Joseph A. Ellington
Oct. 7th-Killed-Corpl. A.E. Ansley
Wounded-Corpl. Enoch Johnson severely, in left arm.
Wounded-James A. Daniel right leg amputated.
James R. Bulloch slightly in left side.
There is no news here of any importance, only we are looking for a battle to take place at any moment. It is thought that Gen. Grant is moving his entire force to this side of the James, as his movements has proved a perfect failure around Petersburg. We attacked the Yankees in their breastworks, on the Darby Town road four miles from Richmond on Friday last the 7th inst., taking their first line of works (10) pieces of cannon (300) horses, a good many prisioners. Up to this time our loss was slight. We followed them up coming to their next line of works, which we charged two successive times and were repulsed, our loss were pretty heavy, while the enemy did not loose so much, as they had works to fight behind, our boys behaved with great gallantry. We withdrew near night, and came to this place near Richmond where we have been ever since. I have been requested to send you a list of the killed and wounded to you, and ask you to publish. Then hoping you will allow it a place in your valuable paper.
I am, with respect,
Wm. F. Oliver
Co. "K" 9th Ga. Regt.
Receipt of the sad news from the front
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