Saturday, February 16, 2013
Willie Pointer's Pension Claim
All statements made in the claim by the various witnesses concur that Marcellus Pointer served out his 12 month enlistment in Company B of the 9th Miss Inf, yet none suggests that he extended it. I really have to believe that his service with Wheeler dates to July 20, 1862, as recorded in official records, even though Wheeler wrote that Pointer had been his aide since August of 1862, having come to him from the 10th Miss. Wheeler's inaccuracy with dates can be easily demonstrated by looking at his reports in the Official Records, making it reasonable to suppose he was wrong about Pointer's previous regiment.