Two months later on the 16th March 1862 in Monroe, Louisiana, Thomas L. Davis enlisted as a Private in Company I, 31st Louisiana Infantry.
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The Baptist Church at Mount Olive [Louisiana]
In Memory of Brother Thomas L. Davis
Bro Davis was born in Fayett County, Ga on the 15th of Oct 1830 Emigrated with his Farther James G Davis to Arkansas in 1840 and to this State & Parish (after the Death of his Farther in 1846) where he lived, the most of his time til he volinteered in the Service of his cuntry on the 16th of March 1862 he made a good and faithful Soldier up to the time of his illness which he bore with christian fortitude he was in Siege at Vicksberg, was surrendered a prisnor of War on the 4th of July 1863 Died on his way home on the 21st day of July 1863 and was buried at or near Natches. He was married on Jan 12th 1854 to M E Farris the Daughter of Elias Farris, He was united to this church by Experiance & Baptism in Sept 1859 of which his wife was a member he made a consistant and pias member He was an affectionate husband, a kind farther a good nabour and a worthy citizen (Resolved) that we deepley simpathise with our bereaved, Sister Davis & children and the relations in the Loss of her Husband, We feel that we have lost in the person of Bro Davis a useful member we feel our Loss to be his gain and do not sorrow as those who hav no hope We feel that we will meet him where Husbands & Wives children friends & christians will part no more Resolved, that the above be spread on the church Book and a copy be sent to the Widow & children of our Brother
Don[e] in conferance on Saturday, before the 2nd Sabbath in Oct 1863
H. R. Elkins
M. M. Harris
This post was written for Bill West's The American Civil War Genealogy Blog Challenge. Thanks, Bill, for the inspiration!
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