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Bryant Harris Snell

Obituary of John A. Snell, Columbus, Mississippi.

John A. Snell, of Columbus, Miss., died at his home, in Columbus, on October 12, 1915. He was born in Lowndes County in 1846 and spent his boyhood days on the farm. His parents were of the old fashioned type and reared their children to fear and love God and to be kind to their brother man. In the early part of 1863, while a boy of only sixteen years, he left school and responded to the call of his country, enlisting in Company I, 6th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment, Forrest's command. From that date he was in active service until July 14, 1864, when he was wounded in the battle of Harrisburg, near Tupelo, Miss, losing a leg, which was shot away by a shell while his command was charging the enemy's breastworks.

When quite a young man he was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Bryant, of Lowndes County. They moved to Columbus, and for many years he was engaged in the mercantile business there. His life was an honorable and useful one. He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church and was loved and repected by all who knew him. Several times he was chosen by his fellow citizens to positions of honor and trust, and at the time of his death he was a member of the city council. He died, as he lived, a Christian gentleman, at peace with God and man.

I offer this tribute to the memory of the friend of my youth, my comrade in arms, and my associate day by day for the past forty years.

Gid D. Harris

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1916.

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