Thursday, April 7, 2011
Relevant to this is the questionable service expiration date of June 3, 1862, on Pointer's records for the 9th Miss. Since no record of him serving with Wheeler covers the period before July 20 of that year, the gap is still a problem, whether he ended his enlistment in late March or early June. One unanswered question is, since the 9th Miss fought at Shiloh, could Marcellus have really sat at home during that great battle, given his martial ardor? We may never know for certain, still it seems likely that Marcellus was at home and not actively in the Confederate service from late March until late July 1862. It's also likely that some attempt was made by him and others, including General Wheeler, to make it seem as if he joined Wheeler within ten days of his 12 month enlistment's expiration. As a colonel of the 19th Ala Inf, Wheeler was allowed a staff, but there is no solid evidence that Pointer went with him to Shiloh in that capacity. It would not be until July 20, 1862, at Holly Springs, Miss., that Wheeler took command of a cavalry brigade.