Judson Thomas Hargroves
Contributed by Blair Updike
Judson Thomas Hargroves was born about 1840 in Screven County, Georgia. His parents were Henry Hargroves and Martha Ann Brinson Hargroves, who were both Georgia natives. He was raised on a farm. He was of Methodist faith. On April 26 1861 he enlisted in the Burke Guard along with his brother Stephen. His rank at time of enlistment was private. He was later appointed Sargent Major. He was captured in Gettysburg 2 July 1862, and taken to Ft. Delaware. He contracted small pox and died in prison September 29, 1863. He was buried at Finn's Point Cemetery and is listed as one of the Confederate Veterans on the monument there.
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Read a letter written by Judson Hargoves during the war...
Camp near Guinea Station VA
Thursday at noon. May 28th 1863
Dear Father + Mother
Your kind letter was received on last evening and was much gratified to hear that you were all well. I’ve no news of much importance to write. We are anticipating a move very soon in Some direction unknown to us at present, we received orders on last evening To keep in readiness to march at a moments warning. It may be possible that fighting Joe Hooker is going to cross the Rappahanock again and give us another brush if he does I think yes I know that he will get a worse whipping than he did before. It is thought that he will either make another attempt to cross the Rappahanock or change his base of operations to some other point probably down on the Peninsular to by old George B. McClellands route to Richmond I think Hooker is like a great many other Of their Generals played out as the old saying is. Something about my fare we get plenty to eat such as it is old Bacon and flour very inferior articles of both; and occasionally we get a few dry peas and pickled Beef which is so salt that a dog could not eat it. Capt Corkers negroe boy that cooks for us goes out and get us milk every other day. It sells very high fifty cents per quart. The Lady with whom Capt Corkers wife is boarding furnishes us plenty of milk occasionally a pound of Butter. Our Mess consisting of five in number on several occasions drank four dollars worth of milk in one day. by this you may draw an indefinite idea of our expenditures for something to eat, two and two and a half dollars is considered reasonable for fresh Butter when I can get Milk to drink I don’t care about anything else. I would like now to be at home to drink milk and eat Butter, and great many other things which abounds at ones home. have you plenty of fruit this year at home or will have. fruit crops especially apples has proven to be a perfect failure in this Section of Country and I am very sorry indeed, as It proved to be very beneficial to our army last Summer while we were on Marches through the Mountains in Northern Virginia and couldent get anything to eat except apples and roasted corn. I think you sold your Cotton extremely high though that was not as high as other things for Instance Calico at three and four dollars per yd. at such rates cotton ought to be worth seventy cents, Dear Father. I want you all to write so that I can hear from home once a week I had not heard from you in three weeks before yesterday. I have wrote about three times to some one of the family since the fights on the Rappahanuck I haven’t received a letter from William since the 1st day of May. I answered a letter from Uncle Adam one also from Mid Thom a week or two ago. You must write soon and give me all the news There is one of the greatest revivals going on in our Regiment I ever saw the old men say here that they never saw such before in all their lives twenty four joined the Church here during one week and they ___ go into it through excitement as a great many do at Such times, but they seam not to be ____ ___ deliberately __ had Baptism today __ Rev Mr Heyman chaplain of the 49 __ Rgt They joined the Baptist Church Consequently our Chaplain had to send for A Baptist minister to administer the ordanance Our Chaplain being a Methodist. I am glad to see it. To see religion gaining on vice and immorality so fast I think it continues so long that vice and wickedness will be entirely banished I must close by saying I am well and hope this may find you all ___ of the ____P______ould pay the ___ but it is almost impossible to get stamps Here in Camp. I have got plenty of money but cant pay the postage on my letters with it or I would pay it myself. Tell Stephen B. that I will write to him in a few days I few donot start on a march Youall must not wait for an answer all the time for sometimes perhaps I don’t get your letters. And I am sure that such is the case sometimes. I wrote to Sue a few days ago before I got your letter I told her good about not writing to me. Tell Steave the answer to that question he asked me in your letter is “NO” nor have no idea of such a thing. You may show him this he will understand what I have reference to I will tell him about how come Ive to write to her V.C. You must write poor L. Ann.
Your Devoted + affectionate son
Judson T. Hargroves
To Henry and Martha A. Hargroves
The boys are all well and enjoying good health.
Spring time has just made its full appearance here