Samuel Newton Berryhill (1832-1887) was a firm believer in states' rights. A teacher, writer, and editor of a newspaper called The Columbus Democrat in Columbus, Mississippi, from 1875-1880, he was also a poet, whose 1878 "Backwoods Poems" earned him the nickname the "Backwoods Poet" among the literati of Reconstruction days. Some of his poems have been included in classical works of Southern literature.
Our thanks to Berryhill descendant Valerie Azzinnari for bringing him to our attention.
To Major General B.F. Butler, U.S.A. || Sheridan
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