Capt. David Maggard
Navarro County, Texas


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Grange Hall Cemetery
Photograph by Dana Stubbs - Jul 2007

Grange Hall Cemetery
Photograph by Karen Rost - Aug 2002 

Capt. David Maggard served in Co C 5th Mississippi Infantry, called Lauderdale Springs Greys and Pvt. W. M. Massengale served in Co D of the same Infantry regiment, known as New Prospect Greys. This unit saw hot action at Shiloh and Chattanooga. In the battle of Missionary Ridge the regiment shared the record of Cheatham's Division. Col. John Weir was in command of the regiment at the opening of the Atlanta campaign. They were there during the battle of Resaca. They were in the heavy skirmishing near Cassville and fell back across the Etowah, moved to Dallas to meet Sherman's movement by the right flank, took part in the bloody battles of May near New Hope church, skirmishing heavily for several days. Then followed the campaign along Kenesaw Mountain; thirteen days of unceasing exertion, sharp-shooting and watching, with battle lines 100 yards apart. They moved to Smyrna church then crossed the Chattahoochee. Johnston was relieved of command of the army, and Hood, in his place, ordered the assault along Peachtree Creek in which Walker's Division was on the front line. Next followed the yet more bloody assault in which Walker was killed. Walker's Division was then broken up. The Fifth and Eighth Mississippi were transferred to Lowrey's Brigade, Cleburne's Division. The brigade captured four pieces of artillery in this charge. The repulse of Wood's Federal Division at Lovejoy's Station was a brilliant achievement. Then they took part in the hot fighting throughout the last Tennessee campaign. The army was surrendered April 26, 1865, and paroled at Greensboro.


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