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Vicksburg, Mississippi

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Captain Felix Hughes
Co. C
22 Miss Inf

Compiled service record at http://www.fold3.com/image/20/80203255/

Photograph of painting of Capt. Felix Hughes
in the Old Court House Museum, Vicksburg, Miss.

Capt. Felix Hughes, b. 1831, Ireland, enlisted for the length of the war in 22 Miss Inf, Co. C, on 20 Jul 1861 at age 32 at Vicksburg. He was mustered into service 27 Jul 1861 at Iuka, Miss. Sometime between 27 Jul to 1 Nov 1861, according to that company muster, Capt. Hughes was "On Special Service as bearer of Despatches to the President at Richmond."

Days before then, he was busy preparing camp. On 17 Jul 1861 at Camp Clark in Corinth, he requested camp equipage -- tents, pairs of blankets, camp kettles, coffee mills, coffee "potts," frying pans, axes and helves, hatchets, spades, spoons, tin cups, plates, canteens and straps, haversacks, and knapsacks. He signed the requisition Capt. Felix Hughes, Sarsfield Southrons, Bonhams Regiment, a unit that soon after became the 22nd Miss. Inf.

On 16 May 1862, he was paid $121.33 for service 29 Jun 1861 to 27 Jul 1861 (28 days) "for the time previous to being regularly mustered in by order of General A. S. Johnston."

On the company muster roll of 1 May to 1 Sep 1862, he is reported "Killed at Battle of Baton Rouge, August 5."

For the month of May 1862, his pay was $130.00.

This following paragraph that mentions Capt. Hughes is from a news article reporting on the 22nd Miss Reg camped near Vicksburg, 14 Jul 1862. Name of newspaper is not given. The article is in the Sisters of Mercy Scrapbook, Courtesy Old Courthouse Museum, Vicksburg, Miss. (The Sisters of Mercy, often called Angels of Mercy, served as nurses during the war.)

"The Twenty-second is now commanded by Col. Felix Hughes, formerly captain of the Sarsfield Southrons. With a perfect knowledge of the topography of the country around Vicksburg, the place of his residence for many years, he is an indispensable auxiliary to our Generals in the defense of the position and is the very man to command our regiment at any time, but more especially now. We are far better satisfied with Col. Hughes than with any Colonel we have yet had. He is among the few officers that promotion fails to change the demeanor of the man towards those under his command. Attachments of the strongest nature have grown up between the officers and privates and the Colonel, and we all seem to have "a mutual admiration for each other."

His brother M. W. Hughes (who survived the war) enlisted in his company.

According to the company muster roll of 1 May to 1 Sep 1862, Capt. Felix Hughes was killed at the Battle of Baton Rouge, 5 Aug 1862.

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