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Obituary of James A. Maxwell, Texas.

Capt. James A. Maxwell passed "over the river" on the 13th of September, 1914. He was born in Polk County, Ga., in January, 1842, and enlited in the Confederate army in 1861 as a member of Company D, 1st Alabama Cavalry. He was afterwards transferred to Company G, 12th Alabama Regiment, and served with the Army of Tennessee as part of Wheeler's Cavalry, taking part in the battle of Corinth, Miss. and also in the raid into Kentucky under General Bragg. He was in the battle of Chickamauga and in the engagements from there to Jonesboro. His command followed Sherman to the sea and into North Carolina, surrendering at Bentonville. Captain Maxwell refused to surrender and, with five or six of his men made his way back to his home, in Cleburne County, Ala. The trip was full of adventures. They hid in the woods through the day, sometimes so close to the road that they could see the Yankee scouts, and at one time the Yankees opend fire upon them. Captain Maxwell ans his men returned the compliment and then ran, making their escape. They reached home safely with horses and army equipments.

Captin Maxwell went in as a private, but rose to the command of his company. He went to Texas in 1869 to begin life anew. He began farming and prospered. His home was always open to all friends, and especially to old Confederates, and he lent a helping hand to the needy and distressed.

Captain Maxwell was First Lieutenant of the Roxton Camp, U. C. V., and his death was deeply mourned by his comrades and other friends.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1915.

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