Bill, I have a few questions:
1. You say that Merida joined his nephew William J. Fortinberry in Co. F. The next sentence says "W.J. and his brother Merida A." in Co. F. 7th Miss.
Does that mean that there was a Merida M.(May be a typo in a previous message posted) and a Merida A. Fortinberry?
Does it also mean that William J. and W.J. are a father and son?
I have several variations of the Fortinberry name and several men listed in more than one company. If you could sort through these men, it would sure help complete my roster. Notice that they all come from northern Pike and eastern Marion County or had joined in Lawrence County (Co. G)before Co. H of Pike county had joined the 7th Miss. in Sept. 1861. Note that Co. D was also from Marion County and that many switched back and forth between Co. D and F.
These are the men I have listed in the 7th Miss. "Lest We Forget Roster":
Fortinberry, M.A. Pvt. Sick all time in the regiment. [Merida A. trfr. from 2nd Miss. Quinn’s]
Fortinberry, W. J. (Also Co. H) WIA Atlanta to hospital. [See also Jack and Jackson Fortinberry/Fortenberry]
Company D also of Marion County
Fortenberry, William J. 20,Died of typhoid April 4-10-62 (Fortinbury-JFDiary p. 70, also Fortinberry Co. H), (TJRankin Letter 4/28/62)
Company G Lawrence County
Fortinberry, J. C. Pvt. (See also Fortenberry) Apparently did not leave with the company
Fountain, J. B. 3rd Corp. discharged due to disability 7-2-62
Langston, David N. Pvt. POW at Chattanooga (Missionary Ridge). [“David Newton Langston released as a POW at Rock Island on October 31, 1864.” Mitchell Sanders]
Company H Pike County and eastern Marion County
Fortinberry, Jack Pvt. (transferred) [probably W.J.; see also Jackson]
Fortinberry, W.J. Pvt. (See Also Co F)