Pollard Family of Montgomery, Alabama
Lieutenant Joseph Pollard was the son of Charles T. Pollard, a wealthy Montgomery gentleman who owned the Montgomery & West Point Railroad and the Alabama & Florida Railroad. Charles T. Pollard accompanied Jefferson Davis on his ride on the M&WPRR to Montgomery in 1861. Charles was a Confederate supporter. He did not charge for his railroads to transport wounded Confederate soldiers and he only charged half fares to men on furlough. He also spent a fortune trying to improve the railroads through Montgomery and Alabama for troops and supplies to get through. A letter in the archives tells how Lt. Pollard's mother was overcome with grief when it was confirmed that Joseph was dead, after she had been given a false report that he was all right.
Provided by Reed Working. March 2014.
Source of information on Charles T. Pollard:
Alabama Historical Quarterly, Vol. I, No. 4,
Winter Issue, 1930, Pages 389-405.
Nashville American, January 2, 1900
Battle of Murfreesboro Thirty Four Years Ago
Instances of Valor
“… Among instances of extraordinary valor:
Lieut. Joseph Pollard of Semple’s Alabama
battery, declined to leave the battlefield
until both his arm and leg were broken…”