Mch 28 ‘85
Yours received this morning, and was pleased to hear from you. I herewith enclose
your commission. It has been a little over 24 years since you have seen it. I passed by your tent
on the morning of the surrender and noticed some papers scattered around on the ground and
among them was your commission. That was all I secured. I noticed then in the tent a leather
trunk, but I passed on and do not know of them since. I often think of that engagement and of
the bad roads and weather. Never during the whole war did I suffer so much as there, and my
experience was varied I assure you. From there to Shiloh, Corinth, Iuka, Tuscumbia, Pulaski,
Chattanooga, Atlanta and through to the sea. We are all growing old together now. I would be
pleased to hear from you again.
Lt & Adjt 66th Ill Vols
Notes; The “engagement” is the fighting leading up to the surrender of Fort Donelson on
16 Feb 1862.
24 years refers to the date of the commission, 1861, not the date it was found.
There was a Lieutenant William Wilson in the 66th Ill and he was also an
adjutant. The regiment was originally the 14th Missouri and had men in it from several states.
They were used as sharpshooters and skirmishers.
Captain Pointer was captain of E company 3rd Tennessee Infantry (Brown’s/
Clack’s). He spent some months at Johnson’s Island Sandusky Ohio, a prison camp for officers.
Exchanged in Sept 1862, he then became a volunteer aide-de-camp to Nathan B. Forrest and
was paroled at Gainesville AL 10 May 1865. He took the Oath to the US at the courthouse
in Nashville on 15 July 1865. He owned a farm in Spring Hill where he raised horses. He
married Virginia “Jennie” Brown on 27 March 1873, and she was his second wife. She filed
a widow’s pension claim in 1929, but died two months later. The letter was in her claim which
was incorrectly indexed as widow of Henry C. Pointer(W9412). Terry Baker
Terry Baker contributed this transcription and original copy of the letter to MAURY CO. TNGENWEB