and the Civil War
Prior to the end of the Civil War the south, in it's efforts to replenish it's dwindling forces, the Confederate Army drafted men from it's jails and prisons. Henry Dukes was serving a sentence in the penitentiary in Wetumpka, Coosa County, Alabama, when he was drafted into the military.
Henry Dukes entered the Confederate Army in Coosa County, Alabama on August 7, 1863 by Captain J. D. Hastings. In the Confederate records he was in Company I, 61st Alabama Infantry. His military records also show that he was in the hospital in Richmond, Virginia for 45 days at Receiving and Wayside Hospital or General Hospital #9 on September 3, 1864.
The following was found in an old letter about Henry Dukes:
I have also heard that Henry was actually listed as Missing in Action during the battle and that his body was never found. It is also said that he ran off from the war and returned to Jackson County and that he is buried in the woods behind his old home place. Perhaps we shall never know the real story!