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B. BESSENT, Port Lavaca, Tex. -- Born May 16, 1839, near Eufaula, Barbour County, Alabama. Enlisted in the Confederate Army in Eufaula, Ala.; as private in Capt. Cobb's company, Gen. Bragg's corps, Tennessee Army. My first Captain was named Cobb. Was in the battles of Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Faced Ridge, Resaca and on down to Atlanta, Ga., where we were in line of battle about forty days. We were then under Joseph E. Johnston. He was relieved at Atlanta and Gen. Hood was put in command, when we started on a long march to Nashville, Tenn. On the way we fought the battle of Franklin, Tenn. At Nashville Hood's army was defeated and we went through Mississippi, and on to South Carolina. At Newberry Church there was another hard fought battle. I was with Gen. Bragg in Kentucky in 1862. Our clothing was entirely insufficient and we had little or nothing to eat. We drew corn for our rations the same as hones or mules, and had the privilege of eating it raw or parching it. I have only touched on some of the things that I went through during those four terrible years, but it has been a long time ago and my memory is not what it was when I was younger.