Sergeant Reuben A. Ham, Co. C, 33rd Mississippi Infantry, CSA

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1833

  • May 22: Reuben Anderson Ham was born to James and Lucy Ham in Mississippi.

1850

  • October 5: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Lawrence County, MS showed 17 year old “R.A.” living with his parents and siblings. His father, James, was a farmer.

1860

  • August 26: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Monticello, Lawrence County, MS showed 27 year old “Anderson” living with his widowed mother and siblings.  The slave schedule listed him as owning 1 male slave, 20 years old.

            ***Reuben marries between 1860-1864 to Samantha.***

1862

  • May 7: Reuben Ham enlisted in the Confederate Army in Grenada, MS.
  • April1 – August 31: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Bounty due”
  • November & December:  Company Muster Roll.  Absent. Remarks “Absent without leave Lawrence Co. Miss. Nov 1. 1862”

1863

  • March & April: Company Muster Roll.  Present.
  • May & June (dated July 25, 1863): Company Muster Roll. Presence not stated. Remarks “with leave July 17, 1863”
  • July & August:  Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “absent without leave since July 1863”
  • September & October:  Company Muster Roll. Absent. Remarks “absent without leave”
  • November & December:  Company Muster Roll.  Present. Remarks “Lost 20 cartridges. 20 caps. 1 musket. 1 cartridge box $32.50”

1864

  • March & April: Company Muster Roll. Present. By this time Reuben has been promoted to 5th Sergeant.
  • July & August:  Company Muster Roll. Presence not stated.
  • November 30:  Reuben was wounded in the Battle of Franklin. Company Muster Roll for period remarks “wounded and left at Franklin, Tenn.”
  • December 17: He was captured in Franklin, Tennessee.

1865

  • January 27: Admitted to U.S.A. General Hospital No. 1 Nashville, Tenn. Injury: Gun shot wound third finger of left hand. Date of operation: Dec. 2, 1864. Operation: Amputation of third finger left hand at metacarp phalangeal articulation. Diagnosis: amputation 3” finger lt hand and fracture of lt radius. Missile: Can. Ball.  Treatment:  Cold water dressing.  Age: 32.
  • March 5: Reuben died in Nashville, TN of erysipelas (infection) from his finger amputation. He was buried in grave #12400 at the City Cemetery.
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