Private Jamerson P. Fussell

By Danella Dickson

Jamerson enlisted May 13 1862 at Camp Moore Louisiana in Company A, 9th Battalion Louisiana Partisan Rangers. He was paid a $50.00 bounty at the time of enlistment. Soldiers who supplied a horse or other equipment were paid for their use. On the company muster roll for August, 1862 Jamerson was paid $38.40 for 3 months and six days, a rate of forth cents per day for the use of his horse

Company A, 9th Battalion was made up mostly of men from Washington Parish, LA. The 1862 the Partisan Ranger Act passed by the Confederate Congress authorized the formation of these units and gave them a legitimacy which placed them in a different category than the common “bushwhacker” or “guerrilla”. The assignment was to keep Federal troops out of eastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Based on their frequent skirmishes with the enemy they were successful, or at least a great nuisance.

Since there was no accounting for Partisan forces some considered them to be diversion of men and equipment needed by regular forces. In early 1863 the Confederate War Department issued orders to disband the Partisan units. Some men from Company A went home but Jamerson was among those who joined units defending Port Hudson, LA. A siege lasted from May 23 to July 8, 1863 ending in a Confederate surrender. Jameson was on a list of Port Hudson POW’s released on parole in July, 1863.

In September 1864 Col. James H. Winfield reorganized the 9th Louisiana Battalion and designated them the 3rd Regiment Louisiana Volunteer Cavalry. Through the fall of that year the regiment, under the command of Col. Wingfield, operated in eastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi. The frequent engagements with the enemy took the regiment to northern Mississippi in late December 1864. This is where most of the regiment remained until the end of the war.

On May 4, 1865, at Citronelle, Alabama, Lt. General R. Taylor, C.S.A. surrendered all Confederate troops in the Department of East Louisiana, West Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Under the terms of the surrender the former Confederates were paroled and allowed to return to their homes. Jamerson Fussell, now a First Sergeant, was among the men paroled in Gainesville, Alabama on may 12, 1865.

Jamerson married Frances Ellen Bullock January 24, 1861. There were the parents of eight children all born in Washington Parish, Louisiana. Jamerson donated the land for the Fussell Cemetery and was the first to be buried there following his death on February 26, 1898.

(Courtesy of J.B. & Ramona Roberts)