Who at age 18 enlisted with his 43-year-old father James Pinion in January 1864 in Connecticut. Father and son were honorably discharged in October 1865 in  Texas. Both had lived in Timbuctoo for 12 years prior to the war. James was a minister and one of the founders of the Wesleyan  AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Zion Church of Timbuctoo. Theophilus was free born in New Hope, Pennsylvania in February, 1847, and his father was slave born in Maryland. He was a farmer and his father was a laborer before the war. During the war James, his father, was often sick and hospitalized. In the war Private Theophilus Pinion served in the infantry. At Kell House Virginia, he received a serious battle wound to the hip. A  destructive musket or most probably Minie ball bullet ripped its way into his front hip bone, travelled down to the top of his leg  bone, shattered it and then travelled behind and lodged in his gluteus or butt muscle. Surgeons had to remove a lot of the  shattered bone at the head of the leg bone or femur. Most certainly, the radical removal of surrounding mangled tissue would have  contributed to a very serious situation. Wounds in the hip and pelvis area were notoriously fatal because you would die from the  infection.  It took around 6 months for Theophilus to recover in the hospital where he convalesced until the threat of serious  infection abated and the gaping hole in his hip bone- upper leg filled in with scar tissue. When he left the hospital, his left leg was  2 inches shorter and with almost no range of motion, he hobbled with a prominent limp. Theophilus had just turned 20 years old  and when he came home, he was a very young invalid. The Civil War also shattered families. When Theophilus arrived home, he found his mother living with another man. She cried and  perhaps pleaded that things would be like before the war if she made the man leave. The man left but, when his father, James  Pinion, discovered the affair, he could never forgive his wife. After all, James had been a pillar of the community, a founder of the church. His mother shamed  and his father devastated, the family split up. James Pinion became a travelling minister in the AME Zion faith. It was not until several years later that he  remarried and settled in Monmouth County. Theophilus was left on his own. He married three times, but, perhaps because of his horrific war injury, appeared to never have any children. He survived his  first two wives (Abigail Brown and Annie Caesar and/or Washington) and after his demise, provided a pension for the third (Margaret C. Jones). Theophilus and  Margaret were married in 1903 by Rev. F. W. Thompson of A.M.E. Church of Mount Holly. His real mother was Sarah/ Francis Wilson. There were 7 siblings, 3  boys and 2 girls. In later life his father married Elizabeth (?). Theophilus Pinion died on December 14, 1904 at 57 years old of paralysis. The weather began to change - and it’s October. And, I remember the weather  changing because I started to get cold and the musket that I was carrying, that was  really getting cold, and all the wool I was wearing wasn’t keeping me warm. And, we  had to go to Kell House. Now, Kell House was this landmark that we had to fight at.  When we were there, Fire-Load, Fire-Load, Fire-Load.” “Two days it went on. We lost  eighty soldiers in that battle. Eighty men from Hartford and surrounding towns - gone  in that battle. But after that battle, we were finally recognized. We were placed in  the First Brigade and we were sent to guard Newmarket Road. Now, Newmarket Road  was this territory that if we were to lose ground, we were going to lose the war. But if  we were to gain ground, we were getting closer and closer to Richmond, Virginia, which was our destination..      

 We Honor you Private Theophilus W. Pinion 

 We Honor you Private Theophilus W. Pinion 
    of Co I 29th Regiment Conn. Infantry (Colored),  Who at age 18 enlisted with his 43-year-old father James Pinion in January 1864 in Connecticut. died on December 14, 1904 at 57  
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