Sunday, November 13, 2011

Punished For Being Caught! (Bucked)

NamSouth Re-post
This letter is the first one of quite a few that this former Yankee POW sent my family. He mistakenly addressed it to my great grandfather, Private John Pelopidus Leach instead of my great uncle, 1st Lt. George Thomas Leach. (He was in charge of the sharpshooters on the retreat from to Appomattox) My great uncle had already died, so my great grandfather took up the correspondence with him. Both my relatives were detailed guarding prisoners for a while. This prisoner made a pipe for my great, great grandfather, but it has been lost.


Mr Townsend— My great-grandfather is David Hardy Sanders (1843-73), Company C, 53rd Regiment, NC State Troops.

He enlisted 16th May 1862, was captured 2nd April 1865, POW held at Point Lookout Md, Released and Oath of Allegiance 20th June 1865. He was from Johnston County and returned there after the war. I own a housewife that he carried. My father has a fiddle, but I think that is something he acquired post-war. Info from my cousin says that he had brown hair and grey eyes, and was 6’1/2” (pretty tall for those days).

Regards, Tracy Sanders Justus

Punished For Being Caught! (Bucked)


  1. Thanks Brock. You find/receive some amazing & powerful things from that time.

  2. Thank you. I thought each time I happened upon something from my old site from 2003, I would post it. Many are family related, but interesting, I believe. I'm sure I may post some one time too many, but better than none at all. I'm a firm believer in getting everyone to write down everything their ancestors said so it is not lost in time. There are so many thing that you can remember and think you have written down, but then find you haven't. Damn, I wish I had that pipe!:)

  3. Hey, Mozart, I like that!

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  4. That would probably be lost on a lesser:)


  5. Brock:

    I don't know how you do it!

    You post so much stuff so fast, I can't begin to keep up with it all.

    On my own blog, I'm really SLOW, for it takes me a long time to compose any message, and I constantly have to edit my mistakes.

    Anyway, this post was especially interesting to me, for as I've previously stated, my own ancestor, Corporal Jonathan Trueblood, served in the North Carolina 7th Regiment, Confederate Senior Reserves, a unit which normally guarded Yankee prisoners.

    I was curious what the punishment, "bucked", was, so I Googled it.

    It means to tie someone up, using a combination of sticks and rope, in a sitting position, with their knees drawn up to their chin, and their arms wrapped around their legs.

    That method of torture has also been used in every war since 1865.

    Also, my ancestor's unit, the North Carolina 7th Regiment of Confederate Senior Reserves was redesignated (I think a couple of times) and became something else at the Battle of Bentonville, and probably at the surrender, where he's listed among those troops who were present.

    Company "C", 53d Regiment, North Carolina State Troops sounds familiar.

    So, I wonder if Corporal Jonathan Trueblood might have crossed paths or maybe even served in the same unit(s) as the ancestor of Tracy Sanders Justus?

    Wouldn't THAT be something?

    Thank you.

    John Robert Mallernee
    Armed Forces Retirement Home
    Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

  6. Wouldn't THAT be something?

    Be great if you could trace that. "Bucked" wasn't considered torture, but punishment as the good Yankee stated!:) Here's a book on your unit.
    Here's the NC Archives one. w Which makes me think of this.

  7. Brock:

    Thanks for letting me know about those books!

    I'll have to let my siblings know.

    John Robert Mallernee
    Armed Forces Retirement Home
    Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

    1. You are more than welcome, Sir. All for our magnificent ancestors.

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