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Deupree Foote Pinson

Obituary of Joseph Lattimore Deupree, Mayhew, Mississippi.

J. L. Deupree, son of Elijah and Eliza Deupree, was born in Noxubee County, Miss., May 16, 1842, His elementary education was secured in the country schools and his acedemic in Macon. He had two years of training in the Georgia Military Institute, at Marietta, and his literary degree, Bachelor of Arts, was taken at Howard College, Marion, Ala., in uly, 1860. He was engaged in teaching when Mississippi seceded. Closing his school early in 1861, he was chosen lieutenant of the Noxubee Cavalry, under Capt. H. W. Foote; but, growing impatient, he resigned his commission and with his cousin, J. E. Deupree, he enlisted as a private with the Noxubee Rifles, of the 11th Mississippi, famous on many sanguinary fields from Manassas to Appomattox. The Deuprees stood near General Bee when he shouted; "See Jackson's men standing like a stonewall!" The regiment was with General J. E. Johnston at Seven Pines, where J. L. Deupree lost the middle finger of his right hand. Upon recovery he returned to Virginia and at his own request he was transferred to the Noxubee Cavalry, in which were seven Deuprees, brothers and cousins, and which had become Company G, 1st Mississippi Cavalry (Col. R. A. Pinson), Armstrong's Brigade, "Red" Jackson's division, Van Dorn's Corps. He participated in the capture of Holly Springs and its entire garrison, with the vast winter supplies of Grant's army; later in the fight at Thompson's Station and the capture of the brigade of General Coburn; also in the cavalry charge into Franklin, when both he and his cousin, J. G. Deupree, had horses shot under them. Afterwards, on being promoted to the rank of sergeant major, he was transferred to a regiment of Confederate cavalry under Colonel Armistead, with whom he served gallantly till the end near Mobile, Ala.

Comrade Deupree answered the last roll call at Mayhew, Miss., December 7, 1914. Clad in his Confederate uniform his body was taken to Macon, to be interred in the beautiful Odd Fellows' Cemetery. He was a splendid type of the antebellum Southerner and a Christian gentleman.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1915.

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