John Wesley Francis(1840 - 1913)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Soldier
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd Virginia Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Listing his occupation as student, he enlisted - shortly after his brother Nathaniel - as Private on 15 May 1861 at Jerusalem, Virginia in Company G ("Rough and Ready Guards") of the 3rd Virginia Infantry Regiment. He was sick in Chimborazo Hospital, Richmond in June 1862 ("debility"), but returned to his unit prior to the Maryland Campaign.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September.
The remainder of the War:
He was again a patient at Chimborazo as of a report dated 16 July 1864 ("exostosis of left knee"), and on furlough for 60 days beginning 2 August. He took the Amnesty Oath at Richmond on 8 June 1865.
After the War:
He was given a Confederate Pension for disability in 1902.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic military information from Wallace.1 Some bio dates from UDC/SCV research via RootsWeb. Thanks to descendant Keith T. Francis for pointing us to the Francis brothers at Sharpsburg, and for a scan of a post-War photograph of John.
|Birth Date: 11/01/1840 Place of Birth: Southampton County, VA |
Death Date: 05/20/1913 Burial Place: Persons Church Cemetery, Drewryville, VA
1 Wallace, Lee A., 3rd Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg (Va): H. E. Howard. Inc., 1986, pg. 88 [AotW citation 1140]
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