From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 4, 1927

Blount County Vet Has Bullet Removed

Our townsman, James R. Jenkins, 80 year old Confederate veteran, underwent an operation at the Ralls Sanitorium in Gadsden on Wednesday of last week for the removal of a Yankee bullet that was fired through his left leg on April 9th, 1865.

Mr. Jenkins did not know that the bullet was in his leg. It never bothered him until April 2, 1926, when he was attacked with pain. He assumed it was rheumatism and was treated for that malady. Recently he went to Gadsden to have X-ray pictures made of the leg and they disclosed the fact that there was a foreign substance in his thigh.

He was a member of the Sixty-second Alabama regiment under command of Colonel Lockhart of Mobile. He was across the Mobile Bay from the city of Mobile when he was fired upon by federal troops. This was before he and his commander could surrender under the terms of the Appomatox treaty of three days before.

“I thought at the time that the bullet went through my gun. It went through my right thigh and entered the left thigh. The surgeon of the regiment ran his finger into the hole and said the bullet was not there. I believed him because I could not feel it. There was never any trouble until two years ago when I thought I had developed rheumatism in my foot. I could not walk on it and the pain was dreadful at times.” Floggers On Trial

Circuit Court convened here Monday with Judge O.A. Steele presiding.

The term of the court has attracted wide attention because of the fact that seven men, supposed members of the Ku Klux Klan, have been indicted for kidnapping and Whipping Jeff Calloway, a young man who is alleged to have been drinking at Antioch church on Straight Mountain when the Klan went there for services. The kidnapping was in Blount County but the whipping took place in Jefferson, according to evidence which has been brought out and the men indicted lived at Tarrant, in Jefferson County.

Something like a thousand people were present when the Court convened Monday at 10:45.