The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

When the Civil War began Brice Milum lived at Yellville, Ark. Among his children were his son Thomas Milum who was an industrious and an upright young man. Young Milum had a goodly number of close friends at Yellville and vicinity. He sympathized with the south and just as soon as he was old enough he enlisted in the Confederate Army Which he aid in the month of June 1862. He was a member of Co. A. 27th Ark. the same company and regiment the author was a member of. From the effects of exposure in rain, snow and severe cold weather during our march from Van Buren to Little Rock, Thomas fell violently sick at the latter place and was sent to the hospital. His father receiving word of his critical condition he went to Little Rock l5O miles to see his dying boy. Tommy requested his father to take him back to Marion County where he could see his mother and home once more. The grief stricken father compiled with the wishes of his loving boy and conveyed him home in a hack. He died the following day after his arrival. The sorrowing parents buried the body of their dear and faithful boy in the cemetery at that place. Tommy was a messmate of the writer and was as true a young soldier as I ever met in the Army.

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