A Sketch of the History of the Second Mississippi Infantry Regiment: Private Daniel Dodd, Company G, the Pontotoc Minute Men
I will be using some of my upcoming posts to include a photo and a short bio of a member of the regiment. I don't have many, especially wartime photos of members in uniform, but I have collected a few over the years. Who knows, one of the folks may just be a distant relative of one of my blog visitors. This is a photo of Daniel Dodd, Company G (Pontotoc Minute Men) of Pontotoc County:
Private Dodd enlisted on Monday, May 1, 1861 from Pontotoc County. He was enrolled by Captain Miller. He was 21 years of age, single, a farmer by occupation. He was killed in battle at 2nd Manassas on August 29, 1862.
Oh, I should add his physical description from his Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR) also. He was six feet tall, dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair.
I always found something haunting about his photo. A young life, so full of potential, snuffed out, like so many others during our Civil War.
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.