|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1864|
BRIDGES, PETER CORP
G 32 ALA
Peter Bridges was a Methodist Minister, who rode the circuit in the Georgia-Alabama border era. He married Eliza Jane Brown and began his family on a farm in Schley Co, Ga. Here they had their children; Henry, Mary, William Jefferson, Epsy, John F., Martha, and Mattie.
Peter joined the 32nd Alabama Infantry, C company, C.S.A. as a chaplain.
On the 5 Feb. 1863, Peter wrote a letter home to Eliza Jane from Tullahoma, Tennessee. In what may have been the last communication to his wife and children, he refers to his sister Elizabeth and gives instructions to them concerning the cows and urges them to 'live faithful and right in the sight of God.' He closes with a prayer that 'May the Good Lord bless us all and eventually save us an unbroken family in heaven where there will be no more wars and parting of families.
October 1863 found Peter and the Bragg's Army of Tennessee engaged in the defense of Chattanooga. During the Battle of Missionary Ridge (11-23 thru 11-25-1865), Peter was taken prisoner by Union forces. He was sent with other Confederate prisoners to the Union prison at Fort Armstrong, Rock Island, Illinois. (located on a rock island in the Mississippi River on the western border of Illinois). During the summer of 1863 Federal authorities had unilaterally ended the exchange for prisoners, so Peter Bridges (even though a chaplain) would remain on Rock Island until on 10 October 1864 he became one of the many to die in Union prison camps.
(bio by: Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick)
Eliza Jane Brown Baker (1828 - 1909)*
Rock Island Confederate Cemetery
Rock Island County
Plot: Grave # 1558
Created by: Bev
Record added: Jul 20, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9125367