By Shaneil Snipe
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Subjects: Cameron, Bluford Alexander, Confederate States of America, Leyendecker, John F., 1838-1908, Prouty, James William, 1867-1915, United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 65th (1862-1865)
Forms of Material: United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Personal narratives
Bluford Alexander Cameron, whose diary was written between August 15, 1862 and July 4, 1863, was a Sergeant in Col. Ochiltree’s Regiment, Co. B in the Civil War. He died on his way home from the Civil War on the way to Cass Co., TX where his family lived.
John F. Leyendecker was born in Neuhausel, Germany in 1838. His family immigrated to New York and later moved to Texas. At the outbreak of the Civil War Leyendecker sided with the German Unionists, but later served with the Confederacy and was a member of the marching band of the Confederate States of America. He became a Texas State Senator in 1872. Leyendecker had a strong interest in agriculture and is responsible for planting the large magnolia trees around the Columbus, TX Courthouse in the early 1900s (Miller, Aragorn Storm. 2010).
James William Prouty was born in Iowa, circa 1843 to Austin and Esther Prouty. His family later moved to Illinois and his mother passed away when he was a young child. He was raised by his aunt and uncle until he enlisted with the Union Army. He died on March 30, 1915.
Biographical information for William Henderson was difficult to obtain.
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Preferred Citation: Collection of Civil War Narratives. Thomason Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.