by: Robert Lecil Cheatwood
Private David Henry Campbell was born in
Georgia. He was the son of Robert H. Campbell and Leah
Lutes. He was wounded and captured at Missionary Ridge, Tn. and
sent to Rock Island. He died January 11, 1864 of pneumonia at
Rock Island Prison in Illinois. His wife was Elizabeth
Black. They were married May 22, 1856 in Dekalb County,
Alabama. She was born in Newton County, Georgia on September 17,
1837 and died July 9, 1914 in Kilpatrick, Dekalb County, Alabama.
She was the daughter of Parnell Truitt Foster Black and Jane
Jones. David and Elizabeth had four children. They were
Martha, George P. H., John Wesley and Sophronia Adaline.
Elizabeth hid the letter from David under some rocks so the damn
yankees would not find them when they came into her neighborhood.
She also kept a letter she wrote from Centre, Mississippi to her
parents when she went to see David. After the war her mother dies
and when her lived with her when he was old. He got a letter from
his brother James Wesley Black Senior from Newton County,
Georgia. It was written by Thomas Shelly Black the son of James
Wesley Black Senior for his father to his uncle Parnell. She
saved these two letters and upon her death she was living with her son
George and later they were passed on down to Mary Campbell the daughter
of George Campbell. She let a relative copy the letters and
copies were passed to me and others over the years. I sent copies
of the letters to Dr. Ken Jones at the Dick Smith Library at Tarleton
State University in Stephensville, Texas. I also sent them to the
US GENWEB SUMTER COUNTY, ALABAMA website. Since Co. D, 40th
Alabama was raised in Sumter County I thought it was onlu fitting that
anyone researching the unit should have copies of the letters to
read. There is not much on the unit as one would hope but it does
show a lot of the kind of things that shows what kind of men made up
the unit. The devotion to God and family is quiet amazing to read
about. I am also attaching a photo of Elizabeth Black Campbell
and her son George and his family.**
George's wife Martha Graves is in the first picture and she had dies a
few years later after they moved from Kilpatrick, DeKalb County,
Alabama to Uvalde County, Texas. They returned after her death to
Kilpatrick and the second picture was taken. If you would like
further information you can contact me at any time.
Robert Lecil Cheatwood
120 Fernbank Dr.
Alpharetta, Georgia, 30004
note: The two pictures can be found at picture 1
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