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J. Oden
J. Oden

Confederate (CSV)


John Oden

(1823 - )
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 10th Alabama Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
A resident of Talladega County from age 9, he enrolled as First Lieutenant in Company K, 10th Alabama Infantry on 4 June 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in the chest and thigh in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and captured.

The remainder of the War:
He was probably treated at the 5th New Hampshire hospital at Sharpsburg (see Capt. James Perry, 5th NH). He was paroled at Fort McHenry, MD on 12 November 1862 and exchanged at City Point, VA on the 21st. He was promoted to Captain 1 March 1863, but resigned 20 June 1863. In early 1864 he was elected Captain of a company of Alabama Reserves (local defense) from Talladega County.

After the War:
He was a farmer and miller, and in the mercantile business in Childersburg and Sylacauga. Later called "Piney" for his sawmill business.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from a summary of his service cards from the Alabama Civil War Service Database and his consolidated service records at the National Archives. More from his son Albert Joshua's bio in Owen's History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography (1921), Vol. 4, pg. 1295 - thanks to Alan Pitts for the pointer. Life dates and picture here from his gravesite on Findagrave.

More on the Web:
A typed copy of his wartime diary is in the Confederate Military Unit history files, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery.

Birth Date: 05/04/1823    Place of Birth: Maplesville, AL    
Death Date: 05/23/1895    Death Place: Sylacauga, AL    Burial Place: Fort Williams Cemetery, Sylacauga, AL

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