Name: HUGHES, ANDERSON MERRITT (listed on muster roll as A. M. Hughes)
Rank: Private
Enlisted: 3 Jul 1861                         
Service History: Transferred from Co. H 1 November 1861, discharged for disability 1 December 1861
Date of Birth: abt 1820 Place of Birth: Virginia
Date of Death: 11 July 1877 Place of Death: Dale County, Alabama
Buried: Newton City Cemetery, Newton, Dale County, Alabama 
Father: 
Mother: 
Spouse(s): Sarah L. Jeffries (b 1824 in Jasper County, Georgia, d 25 April 1891, daughter of Lee Jeffries and Sarah //)
Children: Talulah Catherine, Susan S.
Occupation: Lawyer
Residence(s): Newton, Dale County, Alabama
Other: "A. M. Hughes was 40 years old when enlisted. He was a lawyer by profession and quite an eccentric character. I knew him well before the war. One day in November 1861, I saw him standing guard in a cold, drizzling rain and inquired of his health. I found that it was poor and knew from his appearance that death would soon claim him for its own if he remained there. I advised him to apply for a discharge, when he indignantly replied: 'No, sir; no, sir; I came out here to fight for my country and I had rather die in the effort than return home without doing so.' I advised him to consider it and passed on. He did so, and about a week afterwards called on me and said he believed he could not stand it and requested me to draw up his application, which I did, and he was discharged for disability at Centerville, Virginia, December 1, 1861. Everybody in southeast Alabama knew 'Colonel' Hughes, as he was called, and knew that notwithstanding his intemperate habits he was always a gentleman and an honorable man. He eccentricities still cause laughter among those who knew him." (Oates, The War Between the Union and the Confederacy, Appendix A)
Photographs:

"Col." A. M. Hughes & Sarah
Hughes, Newton City Cemetery

 

Submitter: Georgia V. Fleming E-mail: hyacinth@ala.net