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Haynie Jett

Obituary of Thomas William Jett, Westmoreland County, Virginia.

After more than a year of declining health, death relieved the sufferings of Thomas W. Jett on February 1, 1916. When the war began, in 1861, he was clerking in Westmorland County, Va., and with little delay he joined a cavalry company which later became Company C of the 9th Virginia Regiment. He was by disposition and temperment admirably suited to the service. During the early months of the war, while in service on the Potomac, he practiced as a marksman and became proficient as a sharpshooter. In the stirring engagements in which he took part it rarely happened that his courage, coolness, and effective marksmanship failed to draw the blood of his foe. It was remarkable that one found so often in the front and so exposed to danger escaped bodily injury. His only wound was received at Brandy Station on the 11th of October, 1863, when he was injured in the foot and was for several months disabled thereby.

On the returning home after the surrender he assumed the life of a farmer and began the struggle for a support on his native sod in Northumberland. He married Miss Flora Alice Haynie in 1866, and surviving him are four sons and a daughter, also an adopted son. In 1863 Comrade Haynie united with the Methodist Church and was a consistent and exemplary member for more than fifty years. His character was exemplified in his high sense of the dignity and claims of citizenship. In the spirit of the dying words of one of his kinsman, as inscribed on an old tomb near his home, "With a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night we will pass over the river in victory and in triumph," our comrade passed over the river to his rest and crown.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, December, 1916.

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