Born: May 19, 1829
Died: Jun. 17, 1896
Enlisted 13 Apr 1861 & served until severely wounded 15 Apr 1865) Unit: Co. A, Jeff Davis Legion, Mississippi Cavalry, A.N.V., C.S.A.
John L. Davis lived on the home farm until twenty years of age, when he went to Louisiana and followed his vocation until 1861; he then enlisted in the Jeff Davis Legion, under General Martin, of Mississippi, served in all the great battles of the Virginia department, and was before Sherman in that general's famous march to the sea. April 15, 1865, he was badly wounded in a skirmish, and the same day received the news of Lee's surrender. The wound sustained by Mr. Davis was not only serious, but peculiar in its nature. A rifle ball struck him to the right of the spine, was lost in some part of his anatomy, and probing at the time failed to find it. For ten long years he carried this missile in his body, when it was at last located and cut out.
Family tradition holds that for 20 years Davis carried a bullet lodged in his spinal column. Finally he sent for a doctor. According to William Davis Cotton, his grandson, Davis "was sitting on the front porch when the doctor arrived. The doctor* then asked "What's wrong?" and he took off his shirt, straddled a chair and said, pointing to the wound on his back, "Cut that thing out!"
From the book: "The Cottons of Catahoula and Related Families" by William Davis Cotton 1987
*Dr. Vernon Tilford Chew M.D. (CSA Surgeon, Missouri), husband of John's 1st cousin, "Tempie" Williams Chew.
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