Joining on Nov 4, 1861 in El Dorado, AR with brother William, both were assigned to Co. D. At the rank of Sergeant, Nehemiah and Private Will saw action at Ft. Donelson, TN where they and their comrades put up a fierce battle against superior Federal forces, but after four days, were taken prisoner once an unconditional surrender was tendered on Feb. 16, 1862. The brothers and 2500 others were transported to Camp Butler, in Springfield, IL. In a month, he would be dead, likely from Pneumonia or Dysentery, as would his brother. William died on March 13, just six days before Nehemiah. Nehemiah E. Pratt would succumb to Death's icy grip on March 19, 1862. William is in grave #98 and Nehemiah is at rest on the opposite side of the Confederate section in grave #10 - next to H. W. McAdams.
Below are the documents of his enlistment, capture, and death.Look at #3...Father Joab filed a claim for settlement for his son's belongings and effects nine months later....
#1: Company Muster Roll
#2: Roll of Prisoners of War
#3: Register of Claims of Deceased Soldiers Filed for Settlement
#4: Register of Soldiers Killed in Battle or Died of Wounds or Disease.
Images Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)