Col. Joseph Horace King

Kinsman of DeWitt Cross

   Joseph Horace King was born in Decatur, Alabama in 1837, the Son of Charles Lewis King, a merchant. He was the GG Grandson of General Andrew Lewis of Augusta County, Virginia, who was the Commander of the Virginia troops at the Battle of Point Pleasant, on 10 October 1774.
  Under secession, Joseph Horace King raised a Company of men from Morgan County and was the Captain of that Company. The unit traveled to Virginia and became part of the 9th Alabama Volunteer Infantry, along with troops from other Alabama counties. The 9th Alabama was in numerous battles, and was the key unit in the Battle of Salem Church which delayed Union reinforcements from reaching the Battle of Chancellorsville from Fredericksburg.
   Joseph Horace King was severely wounded at the Battle of Frayzer's Farm commanding the 9th Alabama during the Seven Days Campaign in which General Robert E. Lee forced General McClellan back from Richmond.
  At the Battle of Gettysburg, Colonel King was wounded on the second day of the battle but participated again on the third day and was wounded again, while the 9th Alabama was attacking in support of Pickett's Charge.
 Under secession, Joseph Horace King raised a Company of men from Morgan County and was the Captain of that Company. The unit traveled to Virginia and became part of the 9th Colonel King was also Commander of the 9th Alabama at the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Virginia. In February, 1865 he was granted a 45 day leave of indulgence to return home to Decatur, as his Father had died in October, 1864 during General Hood's skirmishing at Decatur, Alabama. When General Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Colonel King was
returning to Virginia but had not quite reached his regiment in time for the surrender.
  Colonel King returned to Decatur, a disabled Veteran, and attempted to continue his Father's mercantile business, but was unsuccessful in the hostile climate of reconstruction, and died accidentally in a house fire in 1874, having never married. He was buried in the Moseley family cemetery alongside his Mother who died in 1858

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