|Birth: ||Apr. 3, 1831|
|Death: ||Dec. 24, 1864|
Collins, Moses A
SGT, B, 2nd Arkansas Cav.
Captured; 10/14/64, Bonneville, Missouri
Moses Albert Collins was born near New Albany, Mississippi, on April 3, 1831, the son of General Benjamin Collins and Lucinda Collins. In 1852, Collins married 16-year-old Narcissa Rowland, who bore him five children. Although his father was a military figure of some repute who served our nation during the Mexican-American War, young Moses felt a call to preach and became a Methodist minister.
When tension between the North and South finally erupted into armed conflict in 1861, Collins hesitated before setting aside his Bible and hymnal for a rifle and bayonet; still, loyalty to the embattled South ultimately prevailed, and he enlisted in Company B of the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry in 1863.
Old records indicate that Collins was wounded and captured during the assault on Jefferson City, Missouri, on October 18, 1864, and taken to the U. S. Post and Prison Hospital in Alton on December 16. The records also grimly reveal that Moses Albert Collins, idealistic clergyman who left family and pulpit for a cause that was already lost, died on Christmas Eve 1864, from an undetermined illness and, possibly, from complications arising from his wound.
Collins' grief-stricken father was adamant that his brave son should not rest in ignominious anonymity and visited Alton in 1867 to commission Z. B. Job, an accomplished Alton stonecutter, to make a tombstone for the young minister-warrior. And so Moses A. Collins became the only POW who died in the Alton prison to have an individual grave marker.
Created by: Bev
Record added: Nov 23, 2004
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