2. Private in the 29th Alabama Infantry, Company E
3. Born in South Carolina and moved to Shelby County, Alabama at age 10 or 11 with his Mother, Francis, and Stepfather Samuel M. Thomas in 1840. One of the first settlers in this part of Alabama as it was dense forest and in the Appalachian foothills so difficult land to farm.
4. He received a wound at the Battle of Franklin which resulted in his left arm being amputated just below the elbow. His obituary was written by a CSA comrade and tells the story of him being wounded carrying the unit’s flag. He was also wounded at the Battle of New Hope Church and at the Battle of Keenesaw Mountain
5. His arm was amputated and he was treated at a hospital in Way, Mississippi then he returned to duty. He was paroled in June 0f 1865 at Talladega, Alabama.
7. Calvin Lee Mooney is buried in the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church cemetery on country road 74 in Shelby County, Alabama. He has a confederate marker (photo attached).
8. I believe the attached photo in his youth was taken at the time of his enlistment. I believe this to be a uniform as the belt is unlike a belt he would wear in normal dress clothes. Also attached is a photo of he and his wife, Elizabeth Seale Mooney, near the end of his life. He died in 1906 so it would have been near that time judging from his age in the photo.
9. Unfortunately, no letters but the oral family history has it that when he returned home after the war, he was so dirty and covered with lice that he remained in the woods away from the homestead. They burned all his clothes before he came closer to the house and bathed. This would have been in late June of 1865 as that was the month he was paroled. Just a month before, in May of 1865, Wilson’s Raiders on a mission to destroy confederate ironworks in the area raided their homestead and took all the meat from the smokehouse and all the food from the house. The house was not burned and the women were not molested.
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