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James Wesley Moore
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Birth: Apr. 1, 1829
Death: Aug. 5, 1905

James Wesley "Jim" Moore was the second of nine children of John Patterson & Elizabeth Kirkland Moore. From censuses and land records, he appears to have lived most of his life in or near what is now Lamar County, Alabama. He married Eliza Jane, a daughter of John Miller and Martha Morton Hankins, about 1857. They had one child, Martha Abigail "Abby" Moore McDougal.

J. W. Moore enlisted in service of the Confederacy at Columbus, Mississippi on September 10, 1862, in Co. H, 41st Alabama Infantry Regiment, for the period "3 years or war." The Company's Muster Rolls show him present from September 1862 to April 1863, then reflect that he was furloughed first to the hospital in Tullahoma, Tennessee, then home, between May and December 1863. There is no indication in his Compiled Service Record of when he returned to duty, but on May 16, 1864, he was captured "near Drury's Bluff." His Compiled Service Record indicates he was held briefly at Bermuda Hundred, Virginia (Register No. 191, p. 12). On May 17 he was transferred to Fort Monroe, Virginia, and on the next day sent to the Federal prison at Point Lookout, Maryland, where he arrived May 19 (Register No. 1, p. 314). He was transferred to the newly-opened Federal prison at Elmira, New York, on August 15, 1864, and remained there until his release on July 7, 1865 (Register No. 2, p. 227). Finally, his Oath of Allegiance at Elmira (Roll 71, sheet 6) gives the following description:

Place of residence Columbus, Mississippi
Complexion Sallow
Hair Dark
Eyes Blue
Height 6 ft. 0 in.

A history of the 41st Regiment, Alabama Infantry puts his service, and his absence, into context:

"41st Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in May, 1862. Members of this unit were raised in the counties of Pickens, Blount, Tuscaloosa, Perry, Greene, Washington, and Fayette. After serving in the Department of East Tennessee, the regiment was attached to Hanson's, Helm's, and J.H. Lewis' Brigade. It fought at Murfreesboro, was active in the operations around Vicksburg and Jackson, and participated in the Battle of Chickamauga. Transferred to General Gracie's Brigade, it saw action in the Knoxville Campaign, then during the spring of 1864 moved to Virginia. Here the unit was involved in the engagement at Drewry's Bluff, the Petersburg siege north of the James River, and the Appomattox Campaign. The 41st was organized with 1,250 men, reported 198 casualties at Murfreesboro, and lost forty-nine percent of the 325 at Chickamauga. Many were disabled at Sayler's Creek, and it surrendered with 14 officers and 84 men...."

James Wesley Moore's obituary appeared on page 2 of the Wednesday, August 9, 1905, issue of The Lamar Democrat. The same page carried the masthead of the paper, listing C. S. McDougal as "Editor and Prop." and "Miss Auggie McDougal, Local Editor and Circulation Manager." That issue contained two apologies for editing and typographical errors in the previous week's edition, both attributed to illness and death in the family.

The tribute reads:

"Mr. J. W. Moore Dead.

"The Death Angel invaded the home of ye editor and wife Saturday afternoon and claimed our father, Mr. James Wesley Moore, as his own.

"Mr. Moore was born April 1st, 1829, and at the time of his death was 76 years, four months and five days old. Most of his long life had been spent in Alabama, and he was known to quite a number of people in this county.

"He was a veteran of the Civil war, having been a member of Company K, 41st Alabama regiment, and was engaged in active service during the four years of bitter strife.

"While we sincerely regret his departure, we realize God's omnipotence and bow in humble submission to His will, rejoicing in the hope of a happy reunion beyond the skies where pleasures never end and loved ones never die.

"Funeral services were held from the family residence Sunday morning, conducted by Rev. B. T. Cantrell, interment following at the graveyard at Morton's Chapel, services at the grave being conducted by Rev. M. D. McGee.

"Mr. Moore leaves a wife, one daughter, three grandchildren, two sisters and other relatives to mourn his death."

James W. Moore is buried at Morton Chapel Cemetery in Lamar County, Alabama, next to his sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Milton Robertson Morton. The inscription on his tombstone reads

"The young and the old, the low
and the high
Shall moulder to dust and
together shall die" 
Family links: 
  Eliza Jane Hankins Moore (1841 - 1914)*
  Abigail Moore McDougal (1858 - 1938)*
*Calculated relationship
Morton Chapel Cemetery
Lamar County
Alabama, USA
Created by: Paul Hays
Record added: Feb 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66146960
James Wesley Moore
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Rest in peace.
- Sharon Rish King
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