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Goodwin Porter

Obituary of T. J. Goodwin, Aspermont, Texas.

T. J. Goodwin, a member of Stonewall Camp, No. 1048, U. C. V., of Aspermont, Tex., died there on January 7. He was born in Coosa County, Ala., April 24, 1844. His father died about 1845, leaving his mother with two small children to provide for. They were on a farm until 1858, when the mother died, and the children were taken into the family of an uncle. In May, 1861, he volunteered for the Confederate service, and his command, Company B, 8th Alabama Regiment, Wilcox's Brigade, was sent directly to Richmond, Va., where they were mustered into the Confederate army for three years, or the duration of the war. Comrade Goodwin was just seventeen years old and small for his age, but he could shoot. His command helped to fortify Yorktown and guarded that part of our holdings in 1862. After that he took part in many battles, some of which were: Seven Pines, Chancellorsville, Gaines's Mill (where he was wounded and was out of service until the winter of 1863), at the Wilderness and the hard-fought battle at Spotsylvania, and the siege of Petersburg, where his command was under fire for about 12 months. In February, 1865, he was captured and sent to Point Lookout, and he was in prison at the time of the surrender. He got back home with nothing but will to carry him through those years of reconstruction. No less faithful to the duties of citizenship than those of a soldier, he leaves to those who come after him an example worthy of emulation.

[G. H. Porter, Adjutant of Stonewall Camp.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1920.

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