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Patrick Jackson "Perry" Moss
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Birth: Jul., 1844
Franklin County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jan. 25, 1912
Stephens County
Georgia, USA

Patrick J. Moss aka P.J. Moss aka Patrick Jackson "Perry" Moss - A former Confederate with Company E 16th Regiment, Georgia Infantry. He was with Longstreet's Corps; McLaws' Division; Wofford's Brigade at the Gettysburg campaign. He has NO Confederate enrollment records however he does have pay records and hospital records within his Confederate CMSR's. Federal POW records report him as a prisoner during the Gettysburg campaign and as giving up and mention his capture site as Caledonia Furnace, Pennsylvania on July 6, 1863. (Note: Caledonia Iron Furnace was located near the village of Caledonia located in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. It was destroyed by the Confederates during the Gettysburg campaign and also served as a Confederate field hospital near the site) Federal POW records list him as being desirous in joining the Union Army and transferred to Lieutenant Colonel Tevis commanding the 3rd Maryland Cavalry at Fort Delaware and of having special orders from Secretary of War; Edwin M. Stanton for allowing former Confederates to join the Federal Army and told Union authorities he had been conscripted into the Confederate Army and had been born in Georgia. 3rd Maryland Cavalry CMSR's list him as being with Company D and enlisting on September 4th and mustered into service on September 8, 1863 at age 21 and list his physical description (found on personal papers) as blue eyes; brown hair; fair complexion; 5' 9 and one half inches in height and told 3rd Maryland Cavalry authorities he had been born in Franklin County, Georgia and had been a farmer prior to the War and signed his name as P.J. Moss. 3rd Maryland Cavalry CMSR's report him as deserting on December 24, 1863 near Baltimore, Maryland with his horse and equipment while boarding the steamer at Baltimore, Maryland. According to Company muster roll history Company D 3rd Maryland Cavalry does not mention date when leaving Baltimore, Maryland but does show company D as being stationed at Madisonville, Louisiana on the January and February 1864 company muster rolls. (Note: According to the History and roster of Maryland Volunteers, War 1861-5 prepared by under the authority of the General Assembly of Maryland his name is carried in the roster of Company D and listed as deserting on December 24, 1863 and listed his name as Patrick J. Moss).

The 3rd Maryland Cavalry (Union) was one of many units who recruited former Confederate most of whom were captured at Gettysburg and enlisted their services for the Federal Army. The reasons why a former Confederate would join the Union Army are various. Some of the reasons are as follows and are in no particular order. 1) More stable pay and on a more regular basis. 2) To booster the ranks of the Union Army and at the same time trying to demoralize the Confederacy by using their own soldiers against them. 3) The Union draft was in full swing by July of 1863 and for every former Confederate who joined the 3rd MD CAV it would mean one less Baltimore, Maryland citizen would be drafted because Fort Delaware was within their Congressional district. This would indicate that pressure was put upon the former Confederates on enlisting. 4) The choice was either stay in prison where many prisoners were dying or become a Union soldier. 5) Some former Confederates had been drafted into the Confederate Army and their true feelings were those of the United States. 6) Many soldiers wanted nothing to do with the War either as fighting for the North or the South. In my opinion this is the category that I would place Patrick J. Moss.

The former Confederates within the 3rd Maryland Cavalry were primarily made of Companies D, E, F, and G. each company had about 100 soldiers. Each former Confederate would receive a bonus of $25.00 for enlisting and their first payday was October 31, 1863. A horse and equipment including a Spencer repeating rifle was issued to them. The companies left Baltimore, Maryland at different times for the most part but they all went to Louisiana. The 3rd MD CAV was one of the few regiments to be used against the Confederates. Most of what we refer to as galvanized Yankees were sent out West to fight Indians.

Biography and regiment information written by Dennis Brooke. 
Family links: 
  John Moss (1801 - 1867)
  Nancy Liles Boatwright Moss (1802 - 1886)
  Mary Ann James Moss (1849 - 1889)
  John Wesley Moss (1871 - 1969)*
  Christopher Columbus Moss (1876 - 1908)*
  William Webster Moss (1819 - 1850)*
  Elizabeth H Moss Smith (1824 - ____)*
  Matilda Libb Moss Hayes (1825 - 1919)*
  Westin Moss (1844 - 1849)*
  Patrick Jackson Moss (1844 - 1912)
*Calculated relationship
Moss Cemetery
Stephens County
Georgia, USA
Maintained by: Wesley Fricks
Originally Created by: PhillW
Record added: Dec 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102774690
Patrick Jackson Perry Moss
Added by: Wesley Fricks
Patrick Jackson Perry Moss
Added by: Wesley Fricks
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Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero. A Confederate Soldier who Bravely and Proudly Fought for Southern Independence During the War of Northern Aggression. Deo Vindice.
- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 Added: Mar. 7, 2014

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