I pay tribute to my 2x paternal great-grandfather Eli Wren Medlock, who was on that Sharpsburg/Antietam battlefield on 17 September 1862 and wounded on that day. The wound "Vul selopeticum leg" is actually a latin term for a gunshot wound, which should read Vulnus Sclopeticum of the leg. Eli was furloughed home on several occasions due to his wound.
Eli Wren Medlock was born 25 August 1839 in Norcross, Gwinnett, Georgia. He married 1) Martha P Edmonson (1842 - 1886), my 2x paternal great-grandmother, 7 July 1859 in Fulton, Georgia. They had nine children together. He married 2) Julia A. Knight (1844 - 1921) 27 May 1886 in Austell, Cobb, Georgia. Eli died 31 August 1904 in Austell, Cobb, Georgia and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Austell, Cobb, Georgia.
Eli Wren Medlock enlisted in the Confederate Army September 26, 1861 at Camp Kirkpatrick, in DeKalb County, Georgia, by Captain Bower. Eli was a Private of the old Company C, Wright Legion Murphy Guards. By Jan/Feb 1862, the Wright Legion Murphy Guards were Company A. April 1-30 1862 he was with Company L, Wright Legion McCulloch Rifles.
Here is a timeline showing Eli's military service from Fold3:
Eli Wren Medlock enlisted in the (Old) Co. C, Murphy’s Guards, Wright Legion, Georgia as a private Sept, 26, 1861, at Camp Kirkpatrick in DeKalb Co., Georgia.
Jan till Apr 1862 with (New) Co. A, Murphy’s Guards, Wright Legion, Georgia.
April 1862 with Co. L, McCulloch Rifles, Wright Legion1, and was detailed for Waggoner April 20, 1862.
September 17, 1862 wounded at Sharpsburg/Antietam. On a list of killed, wounded and missing, in Ewell’s Division, Aug 22 to Sept 20, 1862. [Series 1, vol. 12, part 1, pg 810.]
September 17, 1862 till June 30, 1863 “home on furlough, wounded”.
November 21, 1862 E.W. Medlock, Co. D., 38th Regiment, Ga - vols, made oath that he is without a Descriptive Roll or Final Statement which is impossible to obtain from his commanding officer, for the reason that his company is now with Gen Ewell; that the within account, amounting to forty four dollars, is correct; that he is not in debt to the Confederate States, and that he will present a statement of this payment to his commanding officer.
Jan/Feb 1863 at hospital, wounded
Mar/Apr 1863 absent, wounded at hospital
July 9, 1863 paid - Private E.W. Medlock, Co. D., 38 Ga from May 1, 1863 to June 30, 1863 - pay $22.
July 9, 1863 the Confederate States, Dr.
to E.W. Medlock
Co. D, 38, Ga C.S. Army
For monthy pay, from May 1, 1863 to June 30, 1863
being 2 months @ 11 per month
Sent from Lynchburg Hospital to defend Richmond
Amt paid $22
I certify, that I have enclosed this payment on Medlock’s Descriptive Roll.
Received Richmond this 9th day of July 1863 from Major John Ambler, Quatermaster C.S. Army, the sum of twenty-two dollars, being the amt, and in full of the above account. E.W. Medlock
August 1863, appears on a roll of non-commissioned officers and privates employed on extra duty at Orange C.H. [Orange Co., Va, Orange Courthouse] nature of service: Teamster 2.
August 1863, appears on a Receipt Roll for clothing at 1 Division, General Hospital for Camp Winder 3, Richmond, Va.
September 1863, appears on a roll of non-commissioned officers and privates employed on extra duty at Orange C.H. [Orange Co., Va, Orange Courthouse] nature of service: Teamster.
November/December of 1863 listed as a Brigade Ambulance Driver until he was furloughed home on an old wound July 15, 1864
December 1963 appears on a roll of non-commissioned officers and privates employed on extra duty during month of Dec., nature of service: Teamster.
May - July 15, 1864 listed as a Brigade Ambulance Driver until he was furloughed home on an old wound.
June 18, 1864 appears on a register of C.S.A. Gen. Hosp Danville, Va.
Complaint: vul selopeticum leg
Furloughed: June 19 1864
Confederate Archive, Chap 6, FIle No. 209, pg 600
August 8, 1864 appears on a Report of the Medical Examining Board, Dalton, Ga, under the head of “Recommendation for extension of furloughs.”
Date: Aug 8, 1864
No. days: 30
Remarks: Furloughed from Danville, Va June 19, 30 days
Confederate Archive, Chapter 6, File No. 543, pg 124
1 Most of the members of this Company were enlisted by Capt. John Y. Flowers in the DeKalb Murphy Guards (subsequently Co. A, 38th Regiment Georgia Infantry, which company becoming too large was divided Apr 1, 1862. The new company taking the name of McCulloch Rifles. This company became Co. D, 38th Regiment Georgia Infantry.
2 Teamsters drove horses, oxen or mules to haul supplies to troops and during battle supplied troops with much needed supplies.
3 From the Richmond Sentinel, 8/10/1863
This blog post is in honor of Eli Medlock.
Note: I started this post on the anniversary of the battle of Sharpsburg/Antietam on 17 Sept 2014. Due to computer freeze ups I was not able to post this until 18 Sept 2014.