Reward for the capture of a deserter

According to independent historian Jess McLean, a Mississippi newspaper ran a notice in late June, 1864, that was signed by Captain William F. Brown, company commander of the Pettus Guards.

The headline: $30,000 REWARD [presumably Confederate money] and the text: “I will pay the above award for the apprehension and delivery of [Private] John R. Mosely to the nearest Provost Marshall.

“Said Mosley was wounded in the foot in a skirmish before Knoxville November last, got a furlough and went home and joined the Cavalry and in a letter to me dated June 19 stated that he was leaving for Texas the next day.”

McLean found no evidence that Mosely was ever apprehended.

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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