Company A 8th Alabama Infantry. Lost his left arm in an accident when a fellow soldier’s gun discharged. He was a member of Camp Jones, U. C. V., in Selma, AL and was on the staff of Gen. John K. Kennedy, of Tuscaloosa, commanding the 2nd Alabama Brigade, U. C. V.
“Confederate Veteran” published an article featuring Lysander Bamberg in the October 1924 issue, Vol XXXII, No. 10. The contents are as follows:
“One of the most unique and outstanding figures that now represent that great army of gray in the sixties is Lysander Perry Bamberg, of Perry County, Ala., a Confederate veteran now eighty-five years of age, still alert, in good health, and wonderfully preserved; and his rich store of memories of the old South and experiences in the War between the States makes him interesting and entertaining in any gathering.
Mr. Bamberg served with Company A, 8th Alabama Regiment, under Capt. Y. L. Royston, of Marion, Ala. Soon after entering service with the Confederate army he had the misfortune to lose his left arm in an accident, a gun being discharged unintentionally by a comrade and the full load entered his arm, splintering the bone, so that it had to be amputated. But he recovered from the injury, and after being discharged from the hospital he continued to follow the fortunes and misfortunes of his beloved comrades, going into the thick of the fight, ministering to the wounded and sick, and making himself invaluable to the command in many ways.
Returning to Perry County after the war, he found his home and all possessions gone, only the barren fields left, with no one to work them, all the negroes having left the farms. He had a sweetheart when he left Perry County, and they were engaged when he volunteered his services for his country, but on his return from the war he offered to release the young lady, as he had but one arm and no worldly goods to offer her. But like all the brave women of the Southland, Miss Lydia Amanda Merrill stood loyal to her promise, saying to him: “I’ll live in a rail pen, if you have to split the rails with your one arm, and I’ll help you to regain your fortune.” So they were married in 1867, and, with her splendid management, in a few years they had a comfortable home and a profitable farm. Ten children came to bless the home, a son and nine daughters. Of these the son and seven daughters are still living, and there are 139 grandchildren and great-grandchildren now. Forty-two years ago, the beloved wife died, and when asked why he had never married again, Mr. Bamberg said he thought any woman who would marry a one-armed man and bear him ten children deserved that her memory should be kept sacred to him who had been blessed by her loyalty and companionship. The children were young, and he reared them “single-handed and alone” to be respected and self-respecting citizens. He divides his time among the children, and at present is making his home with a daughter in Selma. He is a member of Camp Jones, U. C. V., of Selma, and on the staff of Gen. John K. Kennedy, of Tuscaloosa, commanding the 2nd Alabama Brigade, U. C. V., and he attends all the State and general reunions.
After his discharge from service in the Confederate army Mr. Bamberg was at Yorktown with General Magruder’s forces, going from there to Meridian, Miss., where he was in the hospital for nine months while his arm healed. He then went to Corinth, and was in the thick of battle there; later he was at Tupelo. His arm was buried near Bethel Church, Cornwallis’s headquarters when he surrendered to Washington.
To finance his first crop after the war, he borrowed $296 in small amounts from several friends in Perry County, and that year made twenty-one bales of cotton and 1,800 bushels of corn. As soon as he had ginned and sold seven bales, he got on his horse and rode to the house of the first man who had helped to finance him, paid him his money, and continued until he had paid every dollar he had borrowed. From that time on he successfully operated and managed his farm, happy in the love and happiness of his devoted wife and the children that had come to bless their lives. For twelve years he has been assistant doorkeeper of the legislative halls at the Capitol in Montgomery, and expects to be at his post of duty when the legislature of Alabama assembles again this fall.”
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