Madison Light Artillery


Captain Richards' Company

Soldier's Notes


John Buchanan Sample joined the Madison Light Artillery, formerly called "The Madison Tips" under the command of Captain George Ward. He was born 17 April 1826 in Williamson Co., Tennessee and died 8 November 1912, in Madison County, Mississippi. Details from John B. Sample’s application as an indigent soldier. Name - John B. Sample; age - 84; In what county do you reside - Madison Co.; What is your post office - Camden; What was the date of your enlistment - 1862; What was the number of the regiment or name of the vessel which you first enlisted - I joined the artilery co. but wasent able to serve so they put me in the comesary dept. under Wards Co., Major Stricklin & Capt. Johnson; Name of the captain - Ward; The length of time which you served in the above company or regiment - In the comesary Dept untill surrender; Where did the command surrender - Canton; signed by John B. Sample, 28 August 1909. On April 13, 1985, Leila Harrison, Bill Castens, O. E. Castens, Marianne Mansell Beasley, Osborne Guion and Patrick Harrison, descendant nieces and nephews of John Buchanan Sample met at the Camden Cemetery to honor the memory of their ancestor who fought for the Confederate cause in the War Between the States. A grave marker (V.A. Confederate monument) was set on the grave site. The following was read in remembrance of John Sample:

"In Testimony of our love, recalling deeds immortal, heroism
Unsurpassed." With ranks unbroken, ragged, starved and decimated, the
Southern soldier, for duty's sake undaunted stood to the front of the
battle, until no light remained to illumine the field of carnage, save the
luster of his chivalry and courage. In this grave of John Buchanan
Sample . . . valor proudly sleeps.



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