(1836 - 1864)
Home State: Mississippi
Education: U of Mississippi, Class of 1857
Branch of Service: Staff
Unit: Barksdale's Brigade
He had been secretary to Jacob Thompson, President Buchanan's Secretary of the Interior (1857-61). He enlisted as Private in Company A, 21st Mississippi Infantry, on 1 July 1861. He was detached to the Signal Corps in the summer of 1862, and was appointed Lieutenant and aide-de-camp to General W. Barksdale on 5 September 1862.
On the Campaign
From General Barksdale's Report:
Lieutenant J. A. Barksdale, of my staff, was prompt and fearless in the execution of all orders.
The rest of the War
He was promoted to Captain and Assistant Adjutatn General on 23 February 1863, then transferred to General Humphreys' staff. He was killed in action on 8 May 1864 at Spotsylvania, VA.
References & notes
02/05/1836; Yalobusha County, MS
05/08/1864 Spotsylvania, VA; burial in Fredericksburg National Cemetery, Fredericksburg, VA