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Confederate (CSV)


John Bolt


(1840 - 1899)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion

Before Sharpsburg

An unmarried 22 year old, he enlisted in Company C, 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion on 1 April 1862 in Adams Run, SC.

On the Campaign

He was in hospital, sick, at Hagerstown, MD where he was captured 13 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Sent to the US General Hospital #1 at Frederick, MD, and paroled 27 September. He was court-martialed on 18 April 1863 for desertion, found guilty of being absent without leave, and sentenced to forfeit pay for a year, with 6 months hard labor with ball and chain in Richmond, VA. He was on a road crew at Staunton, VA, but in action at Gettysburg, PA, where he was wounded in the hand on 2 July 1863. He was found unfit for further field service in February 1864 and detailed "hunting conscripts" in Laurens County. He was paroled at Augusta, GA on 27 May 1865.

After the War

He was a farmer, and was involved as a suspect in an 1868 murder case in 1875. He applied for an artificial limb in 1880.

References & notes

Basic information from Davis1. See a piece about a murder in Laurens from the Columbia Daily Phoenix of 13 June 1875.


01/26/1840; Laurens District, SC


12/05/1899 Laurens, SC; burial in Rabun Creek Baptist Cemetery, Hickory Tavern, SC


1   Davis, Sam B., A History of the 3rd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Battalion (James Battalion): 1861-1865 , Wilmington (NC): Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2009, pp. 68-71, Roster  [AotW citation 15932]