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"Samuel Ruffin Mouzon (3rd son of Martha and Samuel R. Mouzon)
is one of the best natured and loveable characters whom I have
ever met. His demonstrations of affection when parting with him
in 1885 were touching, and will never be effaced from my mind.
There was a family gathering at his house that day, feasting and
rejoicing on account of our visit, (Burry and me). He would,
like his brothers have commenced his soldier life with me but on
examination, the surgeon pronounced his lungs seriously
affected, and was in 1862 pronounced to be unfit for service.
Doctors never made a greater mistake, I know no one who has
uniformly had a better health. When he failed to get into the
25th S.C. Vols., which I was (at Battery Island) assisting to
organize he returned home. He was then living with his Mother.
After remaining a short he volunteered in a cavalry regiment and
went to Virginia. He served in Gen. Lee's Army till the summer
of 1864 when he was made prisoner, and spent the rest of the
period of the war in the Federal Military Prison at Elmire in
the state of New York. When peace came (I won't say Smiled on
the Country) because for the poor ragged half starved
Confederate's, whether from a Northern prison, or from the
little bands of heroes who surrendered at Appomattox Court House
or with Johnson in North Carolina, there was no smiling white
winged angel of peace, but there were weeping wives and mothers
to welcome them to their homes) Samuel Ruffin Mouzon returned to
his home. His mother was confined to her bed. God in His
Providence kept her there and mercifully spared her the pain of
seeing the ruin which the war had brought all around her.
"Ruffin" attended her with the care and assiduity of a daughter,
assisted by a few faithful family servants who remained with
their mistress during the dreary years of her painful sickness.
Samuel Ruffin Mouzon, after the death of his mother, married
Caroline Montgomery. He and his wife and children lived in the
old homestead of his father and mother."