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Capt Joseph "Jo" Desha
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Birth: May 22, 1833
Harrison County
Kentucky, USA
Death: May 8, 1902
Cynthiana
Harrison County
Kentucky, USA

CSA, Company I, 5th Kentucky Mounted Infantry.

Joseph Desha, a former Captain in the Confederate Army had a disagreement with Alexander Kimbrough, a former Union Army Sgt. on February 1866 in a downtown hotel of Cynthiana, Kentucky. It resulted in them fighting a duel in which Mr. Kimbrough took a hip wound and was cripple for the rest of his life. It is ironic that both men are buried in the same cemetery.

(special thanks to contributor grave hunter for the following bio)
Captain Joe Desha was born in Harrison County, Kentucky, May 22, 1833, and died May 8, 1902.

He raised the first company in Kentucky for the Confederacy that was raised in the "neutral" state. They went by the L. and N. railroad to Nashville, from there to Virginia and became part of the First Kentucky Regiment.

In an engagement at Drainesville, Virginia, he was severely wounded in the shoulder, his left arm crushed below the elbow, rendering it almost useless the rest of his life; but the most remarkable of his many wounds was one in the head at Murfreesboro by a cannon ball, which left him apparently dead. While being carried from the field as dead he sat upright on the litter and said: "What does this mean, boys? What's the matter?" Some of his men about him cried with joy, and said: "Captain, we thought you were dead!" He stood up and felt himself, and said: "I am all right I believe," and went back to the line. Afterwards, while in Richmond and passing the residence of President Davis, the President and his private secretary, Col. William Preston Johnson, saw the officer, and the latter mentioned that it was Captain Desha, of Kentucky, when the President said: "Call him back; I want to see him." He was introduced to President Davis, who said: "Captain, I wanted to see the only man ever struck in the head with a cannon ball and not killed!" The President asked him about the effects of it and Desha replied: "I believe about the only bad effects I sustained by it was the loss of a fine pistol dropped from my belt when the boys were carrying me off the field." Mr. Davis excused himself for a few minutes, and returned with a new pistol in his hand, making it a gift to replace the lost weapon. (bio by: Martha Reid 19 UDC) 
 
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  Clarissa Rogan Desha (1835 - 1921)
 
Inscription:
JO DESHA May 22, 1833 May 8, 1902
 
Burial:
Battle Grove Cemetery
Cynthiana
Harrison County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Desha Family Plot
 
Created by: K M
Record added: Oct 29, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8041177
Capt Joseph Jo Desha
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Capt Joseph Jo Desha
Added by: Martha Reid 19 UDC
 
Capt Joseph Jo Desha
Added by: Martha Reid 19 UDC
 
 
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- Cousins by the Dozens
 Added: Jul. 14, 2014
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten!
- Martha Reid 19 UDC
 Added: Jul. 28, 2013

- Final Dignity
 Added: Jun. 2, 2012
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