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Confederate (CSV)

Private

Absalom Thornton

(1841 - 1910)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 52nd Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 21 year old farmer in Augusta County, he mustered as Private, Company I, 52nd Virginia Infantry on 16 July 1861. He reenlisted on 1 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded in the armpit at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 12 May 1864, but was back with his unit in July. He was captured in action at Cedar Creek, VA on 19 October 1864 and imprisoned at Point Lookout, MD. He was released on 20 June 1865.

After the War

He lived in Staunton and was a farmer and gas house operator.

References & notes

Service from Driver1 and the Historical Data Systems database. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth

01/02/1841; Augusta County, VA

Death

06/17/1910 Staunton, VA; burial in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, VA

Notes

1   Driver, Robert J., 52nd Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg: H. E. Howard Inc., 1986  [AotW citation 18764]