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Re: Evidence of Being a Body Servant
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Alexander Markham did receive a pension from the state of Mississippi as a body servant to his slave owner Henry C. Covington. In Mississippi, over 1700 African American men received pensions. Many more served as body servants but their names are lost to history because there were no requirements to keep records on body servants. I think Mississippi began their pension program in 1888, giving pensions to the soldiers and servants who were disable as a result of service. Later, the program was expanded to veterans and their widows, and the servants who were poor and in need. Many of the body servants died before the pension program was expanded to include the indigent.
Another relative who was a body servant was found through the oral history of the slave owning family. John McDaniel Bryant was remembered because he removed their wounded son from the battlefield , nursed him back to health and returned the soldier to his family. I have seen a couple body servants mention in letters of the former soldier. Keep researching and reading and hopefully you will find the information you are seeking.
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