|Private Joseph D. Robinson of Chambers County posed for
this picture as he prepared to leave East Alabama Male College for service
in the Confederate Army. He had come to Auburn as a freshman in 1860
after inheriting two slaves, two mules, and $3,140 from a neighbor in Shawmut.
He lived at Dr. McElhaney's house and studied such subjects as Latin, Greek,
algebra, geography, and composition. Robinson, who lost part of an
ear to Yankee shot, fought at Corinth, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and elsewhere.
"I could follow pig trails in Mississippi blindfolded," he later told his
grandson. -- Photo: Forrest C. Word