President, Alabama Division, U.D.C.
about her great-grandfater and his brother-in-law
Miles Washington Pond
William S. Baskin
12th Mississippi Calvary, Company "A"
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 14:57:28 -0500
From: Virginia Kobler
Subject: 12th Mississippi Cavalry--Armistead's
I love your web site which has told me much about the 12th Mississippi Cavalry.
My great father and great great uncle were members of Armistead's Unit. They also joined at Gainesville, AL in 1863. My ancestor, Miles Washington Pond had his horse whose worth is noted on his muster roll. His brother-in-law, William S. Baskin, also joined with him. My great grandfather was killed by a sniper close to peachtree on the Alabama River 17 March 1865. What would they have been doing at that time?
They lived near York, Alabama.
What would they have been doing around Peachtree at that time? Wish I could find his grave.
Yours, Virginia Ponds Kobler
President, Alabama Division, UDC
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 12:16:29 -0500
From: Virginia Kobler
To: Tom McKnight
Subject: Re: 12th Mississippi Cavalry--Armistead's
No, I am not in the military. I am a civilian employee of the Army. Both of my sons, however, were in the Navy. My oldest graduated from the USNA in 1986 and served 9 years before getting out in 1995 to attend law school. He is practicing now in Huntsville, AL. I got my information from the National Archives rolls of the Confederate Army. If one had the time, one could go through the films or read Broadfoot's compilation to pick out the members of Armistead's Brigade.
I want to make a correction. I was so excited to see your web page I answered here at work and was giving my Great grandfather's death date from memory. It should have been 21 March 1865. I don't know if 4 days would make any difference, though.
The family story is that he was shot off his horse which was brought home with blood on the saddle. His brother-in-law, William S. Baskin, was with him. He was standing on a barge in the Alabama River near Peachtree, AL in Wilcox Co., AL.
As we know a month later, the Battle of Selma occurred.
Last month I attended a UDC meeting in Gainesville, AL and was shown the spot where the troops were parolled of discharged. There is a monument there.
Would be happy to help any way I can. I think you are doing a wonderful service.
Yours, Ginny Ponds Kobler
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