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Womack, James H.


In the death of James Henry Womack, which occurred on the evening of October 23, 1921, another honored veteran has fallen from the ranks of the living heroes of the War between the States.

Comrade Womack was born in what was then a part of De Soto County, Miss., on February 9, 1843; hence he was in his seventy-seventh year. He enlisted for the Confederacy from Tunica County, Miss., in Company B, under Capt. R. H. Humphreys, and served for fourteen months in A. K. Blythe's Battalion, afterward known as the 44th Mississippi. The day of his enlistment was May 11, 1861. On July 15, 1862, he was transferred to the 9th Mississippi Battalion of Sharpshooters, under Captain Brownrigg, of Company B, with which he served to the end.

Comrade Womack was in the battle of Shiloh, and was severely wounded in the battle of Missionary Ridge, being shot through the left hand and right wrist, from which he was partially disabled in both hands for the remainder of his life.

After the war he married Miss Tempia Merideth, of Tate County, Miss., who died some years ago. Surviving him are a son and six daughters.

Comrade Womack was active as a leader in the Democratic party of his county, and at one time he served as circuit clerk for a period of four years. For a number of years he had been chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of his county. He was laid to rest in the cemetery of Thyatira Church. He leaves a record for integrity of character, for steadfastness in the faithful service for the good of his community, and for constancy in attachment for those he loved. Peace to his memory.

[Rev. Lee Jackson, Oakland, Miss.]

Confederate Veteran, February 1922

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