This is a gathering of recollections and archived materials regarding the kidnapping and murder of members of the James Jackson Box family in August of 1866. Many of the accounts presented were written well after the event and
were based on the writer’s best recollections. As one might understand, time has a way of distorting facts, and some of these recollections were mixed with erroneous information from the first telling. Other accounts were taken from official governmental and military documents and are considered reasonably accurate. I have attempted to make these easier to understand through organization and providing background information. But I have let the individuals cited speak for themselves, with as few clarifications or comments of my own as possible. I believe that some of the archived materials included in this book are not generally familiar to many readers. In any case, it has been an interesting project to research those fragments of a tragic event so long ago and meld them together for a more complete story.
My own line of Boxes comes from Cornelius and his son Milo Box, who appear in the 1860 census in Montague County. Apparently there is a connection between my family and that of James Jackson Box dating back as far as common Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina days.