s/o John Philip Blessing and Anna Brown
Birthplace courtesy of Brian Downey.
Book excerpt courtesy of Sharon King.
From Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray, 1861-1865 by Miss Mamie Yeary, 1912:
Private Solomon Thomas Blessing
Fort Worth, Texas
First Texas Infantry
On Sept. 17 we fought the battle of Sharpsburg, or as the Federals call it, Antietam. I was in the charge in the cornfield and was near our regimental flag when I saw the bearer fall. My first impulse was to pick it up, but then thought I could do more good shooting. This flag was made from the wedding dresses of Mrs. Jefferson Davis and Mrs. Louis T. Wigfall, and presented to the regiment at Camp Wigfall. Very shortly I fell, shot through the leg and a buckshot in the hand which I carry yet. I managed to hobble back to the woods and was carried back to the field hospital. When Lee crossed the Potomac at Shepherdstown he was unable to carry all his wounded and I was among those left. We were paroled only six miles from mother's home. My sister and her husband, Mr. A. C. Castle, came for me and as I had been paroled was allowed to be taken home, where I remained till the next June, when I went to Baltimore and gave myself up and was sent to Fort McHenry, shortly after was sent to James River and exchanged.---
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