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McMath Scruggs

Obituary of J. S. McMath, Denton, Texas.

J. S. McMath died suddenly at his home, in Denton, Tex., May 4, 1916. He often said he hoped that when God called him home he would be feeling unusually well and he would go without a moment's warning, which he did.

Comrade McMath was born near Duck Hill, Carroll County, Miss., August 8, 1841. He joined Stamford's Battery in 1862, was promoted chief of caisson, and on the battle field at Resaca, Ga., he was promoted to gunner. He participated in many battles: Shiloh, Perryville, Ky., Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and was in Johnston's campaign through Georgia. In one battle he was the last man to leave his gun, and he was covered with the blood of the many comrades who had been shot down near him. Few would have remained there so long. He was a connsecrated member of the Baptist Church and was always in attendance when health permitted. He was married in 1867 to Miss Lizzie Scruggs. To them were given twelve children, nine of whom are living. He was twice married. those who knew Brother McMath best loved him most. He moved to Denton County in 1873 and had lived there ever since, and he died an honored member of Sul Ross Camp, U. C. V., of that place. In accordance with his wish, he was buried in his Confederate gray. He loved the VETERAN and always read it.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, December, 1916.

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