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Henry Langley Reber

Obituary of E. H. Reber, Jackson, Mississippi.

Comrade E. H. Reber, for many years Adjutant of R. A. Smith Camp, No. 24, U. C. V., died at his home, in Jackson, Miss., after a long period of suffering, on the 28th of March, 1920, and was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.

Comrade Reber was born in Brandon, Miss., on the 28th of August, 1842. He enlisted in the early days of 1861 in the "Rankin Greys," Capt. J. J. Thornton. This company became Company I, of the 6th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, commanded by Col. J. J. Thornton, afterwards by Col. Robert Lowry. As a soldier he was faithful and true. By reason of his peculiar fitness he was after the battle of Shiloh, in 1862, detailed to the quartermaster's department and sent to Mobile, which was his headquarters until the city fell to the enemy in 1865. His record there was one of great efficiency. At the end of hostilities he returned to his old home, engaging in the mercantile business. He married Miss Anna Langley, of Jackson, and to this most happy marriage were born seven sons and three daughters, of whom four sons and two daughters, with his good wife survive him.

In 1872 Comrade Reber removed with his family to Jackson, where he sustained a character for probity, integrity, and great kindness of heart. His good, manly heart was ever ready to alleviate suffering, ministering to the poor and needy often beyond his strength or financial ability. He was indeed a "friend of man" and was universally beloved and honered by his people. The world ought to be better that he lived. He was my friend from his youth, and words are too feeble to express a proper estimate of his character and his worth.

[His comrade, Pat Henry.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1920.

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