A Sketch of the History of the Second Mississippi Infantry Regiment:
Private James C. Knight at Camp Fisher, Virginia
Unfortunately, this beautiful piece of art is in a private collection. But I did manage to obtain photographs of this unusual carved ornamental powder horn that belonged to Private James C. Knight, Company I, Cherry Creek Rifles (Pontotoc County), 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment.
Private James C. Knight was 20 years old when he enlisted on Wednesday, May 1, 1861. He was enrolled in Pontotoc County by Captain Herring in Company I, Cherry Creek Rifles. His occupation was listed as "farmer." He was wounded at Sharpsburg on 9/17/1862. Furloughed. Returned to duty. Captured at Gettysburg on 7/3/1863. Died at Fort Delaware on 4/17/1865 of pneumonia. Locality of grave: "Jersey Shore."
Michael R. Brasher
Besides being the self-published author of Civil War books, I am the great-grandson of Private Thomas Benton Weatherington, one of the 1,888 Confederate soldiers from northeast Mississippi that served in the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. A lifelong Civil War buff, I grew up near the Shiloh battlefield in West Tennessee. I received my MA in Civil War Studies from American Military University. I also hold degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA which I draw upon to help shape my own unique approach to researching and writing Civil War history. As former president and co-founder of InfoConcepts, Inc., I was the co-developer of the American Civil War Regimental Information System and Epic Battles of the American Civil War software. I developed and maintained the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment website from 2002 until 2015 and now maintain the 2nd Mississippi Facebook page. I am also writing a regimental history to be released in the near future. I am a retired Air Force officer and now reside in Huntsville, Alabama.