Oct. 17, 1998
To Jerry Strunk,
In a book I have named pike County, Kentucky 1821-1980 Historical papers number 4 it say:
Thomas Sowards, the son of Thomas and Lieutusha (Hall)Sowards, was born 1804 in what was then Floyd County but now Pike County. Thomas married Stella Justice and they had these children: William Sowards, John Wesley Sowards, Louisa Sowards, Martin Jefferson Sowards, A. Jackson Sowards, Letitia Sowards, and Martha Sowards. All four boys served in the Civil war. John, william, and Martin served in the Union Army and A. J. "Eff" served in the confederate. John Wesley lived on Blaze Branch at the time of the war, and one he walked though deep snow at night across the Cumberland Mts.to warn the Confederate brother's troops that the Union Forces were on their way to attack them. He begged them to moce on but they refused saying they were will fortified on the mountain and would capture the Union troops. The Union Forces arrived and the boys each led a company of men who executed a pincers movement and captured the fortification, destroyed all the supplies and freed the prisoners. One of the prisoners that was captured was "Eff", their brother. They went to Wise, Virginia, and captured more prisoners and then returned to Louisa, Kentucky. They were with the 39th kentucky Infantry and were attached to the Michigan and Ohio Cavalry. "Eff" spent the remainder of the war in a prison in Louisville, Ky. The other brothers never returned home. William died from smallpox and Martin and Wesley died of Typhoid.
I hope this was your family and if it is I hope you enjoyed reading about it.
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