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Re: "ALABAMA'S OWN" now availible
Posted by: jeff baggett (ID *****2538) Date: December 10, 2011 at 07:06:54
In Reply to: "ALABAMA'S OWN" now availible by Fred Knowles of 9053

my great uncle was nick baggett. he was in company g, 167th as well. nick was lost to my family in the sense that local folklore replaced the facts and the ones who new are long since gone. local folklore was that nick ran off to join up, was too young so he lied about his age and so small he had to put rocks in his pockets. to weigh in. nick was born in 1899 so he was well old enough to join, i suspect nick may have joined the old 4th alabama and went to the mexican border in 1916. this would explain another legend that his parents had to sign for him. i have a picture of nick in uniform that was actually in the alabama history schoolbooks in 1974. (it was under the heading of alabama troops at camp in ww1. another legend was that nick died of the flu before he ever went to the front and another still was that he died of the flu in the last week of the war. here are the facts i know for sure
1) nick was killed the night of july 15 1918. this was the last great german offensiveof the war. the 167th and especially company g were critical in defeating it. he was killed when company g launched its own counterattack.
2) i have a copy of the army telegram stating he was killed in action, the place on the meuse and the date he was killed as well as the date he was brought in. the telegram was addressed to his father guss baggett, the hometown though rather than belleville was listed as velle. there is a question mark someone marked besides this. guss and mattie found out when it was posted in the mobile press.
3) mattie was paid a death benefit of i believe $10,000 and received a pension the rest of her life for nick.

i have found a great deal wrote on the 167th and have made copies of pictures of the soldiers and companies but have not found any specifically of company g. do you have any or know where i could look. do you know anything specific about them. most of company g was from the conecuh, escambia county area and from all that i have found company g was the point of the spear for the 167th. would love to hear anything you have.


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