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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Remembering Private Henry Clay Fields, Company A of the Fifteenth Kentucky

Henry Fields (his Army records drop the final “s”) was born in Tippah County, Mississippi on February 23, 1843, the son of Balaam Duke Fields and Mahala Williamson. A farmer, Fields was 5’7 ½”, with a light complexion, gray eyes and dark hair. Fields was wounded at the Battle of Perryville, October 8, 1862. He was absent without leave from April 2 through May 24, 1863. While he was still under court-martial charges, Private Fields was slightly wounded in the right hand at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863. He spent the remainder of the war in the hospital, and was discharged by the Madison, Indiana hospital on January 19, 1865. He was erroneously listed as a deserter on the regimental records. Fields married Emma J. Cooney in 1873. They had three sons: Forrest Lee (1867-1919), Robert Willis (1878-1918) and George Fields (1888- ) and two daughters: Susan Fields Seay (1875-1941) and Margaret Louise Fields Mills (1884-1966). Field died on February 27, 1922 in Graham, Texas.

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