CSA Soldiers at Soldiers' Rest
Vicksburg, Mississippi

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Robert T. Skelton
37th Miss Inf
d. 15 Jul 1863

accidentally interred in
U.S. National Cemetery,
Vicksburg, Miss.

Pvt. Robert T. Skelton was 28 years old when he joined and mustered with Capt. Whitman C. Turner's Co. (Enterprise Tigers), Mississippi Vols.  in Enterprise, Miss., on 7 Mar 1862. He signed up for three years or the war. This company soon after became the 37th Miss Inf.

He was furloughed 25 Apr - 5 May 1862.

He died of disease 15 Jul 1863.

See his record at www.fold3.com/image/271/84648295/

a card from his compiled service record showing his enrollment in the newly-formed Enterprise Tigers. The date of the muster is 7 Mar1862.


another card from his compiled service record showing his death date, 15 Jul 1863. The company muster roll is for 30 Apr to 31 Oct 1863.

The above document reads:

The State of Mississippi
Clark County

On this 26th day of December AD 1863 personally appeared before me one of the justices of the peace of the county aforesaid. Emily Jane Skelton having been first sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Almight God, says that she is the wife of Robert Skelton deceased, late a private of Capt. Pickle's company D in the 31st Regiment, Mississippi Volunteers, and is therefore entitled to the arrears of pay and allowance which may be found due said deceased --

Also at the same time personally appeared James H. Eggelle and Robert Walker who having been sworn aforesaid say that the facts stated by claimant are true and that they are not interested therein.

Sworn to Subscribed before me the day & year above written
(signed) Chas. F. Mayerhoff
(signed) Emily J. (her mark) Skelton
(signed) James H. Eggelle
(signed) Robert Walker

I certify that James H. Eggelle and Robert Walker are men of truth and veracity.

Given under my hand seal Dec 26, 1863.
(signed) Chas. F. Mayerhoff

This is the Statement of Pay Due a Deceased Soldier for Robert Skelton. I have pictured the top half with this new information. Though difficult to read, it says that Pvt. Robert Skelton was in Capt. F. S. Pickle's Co. D, 37th Miss Inf. Pvt. Skelton was born in Hickman Co., Tenn., was age 31, 6 ft. 2 in. tall, of dark complexion and blue eyes. Before the war, he had been a farmer. He enlisted at Enterprise on 7 Mar 1862 for 3 years or the war. He died 15 Jul 1863.

Note the math in the upper right hand corner. Someone was tallying the number of days' pay that was due Robert Skelton (now his wife).
The above is the top third of the "check" for money paid to Emily Jane Skelton, widow of Pvt. Robert Skelton of 37th Miss Inf, Co. D. The middle third is below, and the bottom third is pictured further below. (This is a one-page document. Only blank sections were removed to minimize file size.)

Robert T. Skelton was interred by mistake in the U. S. National Cemetery in Vicksburg. This also happened to Charles B. Brantley of Arkansas and Reuben H. White of 19th Texas Inf.

Thanks to James Earl "Sam" Price for bringing this soldier to our attention.

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