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2 Hodges, John G. I. N. Brown, Commander of Arkansas, reported, “I regret that one of our pilots, Mr. John G. Hodges, was seriously wounded early in the fight” and “They are all brave men and true, and I include in this merited praise the two wounded ones, Messrs. Hodges and Shacklett.”


From a report dated 16 Jul 1862 of Lt. I. N.  Brown, Capt. of the Arkansas, where it is noted that John Hodges [pilot] was among the eighteen wounded [15 wounded; 3 badly wounded] [Hodges was wounded mortally in head] 15 Jul 1862 "in our three actions yesterday with the enemy's fleet on the Mississippi River...." ORN 1-19, pg 70.

Hodges and Shacklett were the two Yazoo River pilots. When they were disabled in the first battle on the Yazoo, Brady, a Mississippi River pilot, took what was left of the damaged wheel with the direction to keep to the center of the river to avoid running aground. The boat had a 13-ft draft.


This obituary is seen in, Memorial #129850641

According to findagrave, John Hodges is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg.



A short article in the Memphis Union Appeal, dated 7 Aug 1862, pg. 4, notes his death.


"John D. Hodges, pilot of the rebel ram Arkansas, was killed during the run to Vicksburg. He lived in this city fifteen or twenty years, and was a St. Louis and New Orleans pilot. His mother, wife and three children are down South. At the same time another of the pilots on the Arkansas was killed. We refer to ___ Gilmore, well known as a Louisville and New Orleans pilot."




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