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Abraham B. Box biography - Alcorn County, Mississippi

(submitted by Joseph Fox)

On December 13, 1856, Abraham B. Box, with his siblings, settled the estate of Robert Box. Abraham B. Box bought the 160 acre tract in Alcorn Co. MS with the Box cemetery and his sister, Mary Box Kennedy and her husband, Sanders Kennedy, bought the adjoining tract. In the 1860 census of Tippah Co. MS, Abraham Box was listed as age 33, b. in TN, with his wife, Nancy Nelms Box, age 39, b. in TN, and his son, James L. Box, age 8, b. in MS.

Abraham B. Box was mustered into Co. C, 23 Miss. Inf. Reg. on 1 Aug. 1861. The company became a unit of 2nd Regiment Mississippi Infantry (Davidson´s) that was given military instruction at Iuka, MS until the 19th day of September, 1861 when the unit was transferred to the Confederate States of America for a period of 12 months. The Division was sent north to fight the Yankees. Unfortunately, they were ill-equipped, ill-fed and poorly led. The Diary of Captain Robert I. Hill gives insight into their ordeal. 

Abraham B. Box was captured in the surrender of Fort Donelson and sent as a prisoner of war to Fort Douglas in Illinois. He was later exchanged at Vicksburg. He was in poor health and was discharged in 1862 and died in 1865. He was probably buried in one of the unmarked graves that has been reported in the Box Cemetery. 

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