Joseph Ware

“BATTLE OF LEESBURG.–One personal encounter is worthy of record.  As Captain Jones, of Company B, Seventeenth Mississippi, was passing through the woods at the head of his men, he met another party headed by and officer.  The two halting instantly upon discovering their close proximity, Jones exclaimed, ‘For God Almighty’s sake, tell me quick– friends or enemies–who are you?’  The other replied, ‘We are friends,’ and at the same time advanced.  A little boy, named Joseph Ware, who was behind the Mississippian, instantly cried out, ‘Captain, they are not friends; don’t you see they have not guns like ours.  They are Yankees, let me shoot.’  Again Jones exclaimed, ‘Who are you?  Speak quick, for I can’t keep my men from firing.’  ‘I’ll let you know who we are, you d–d rebel,’ said the Yankee officer, for such he was, and suiting the action to the word, he sprang upon and seized Captain Jones by the collar.  For a second or two a scuffle ensued between the officers, when the latter broke loose.  At the same instant one of the Mississippians dashed out Yankee’s brains with the point of his musket.– Charleston Courier.

Reference Data:

The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, by Frank Moore, 1962, pages 86-7

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