(c. 1844 - 1862)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 25th Virginia Infantry
Age 18, from Hardy County (now WV), he enlisted as Private, Company E, 25th Virginia Infantry on 5 April 1862.
On the Campaign
He was mortally wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862:
... had a very hard fight with Burnsides and McClelans army the fight was on Wednesday the 17th. I don't know weather to call it a victory or not our men have fallen back on this side of the river. We lost one or two men killed in our regt. We had one killed and two wounded out of our company. Our 2nd Lnt C. W. Delay was killed; Joseph Elyard and John Linthicum was wounded very badly. Elyard was shot in the thigh, John Linthicum was shot through the neck with a large minnie ball. The ball went in just above the collar bone, missed his windpipe to the right, ranged rather down, and came out in his shoulder. I saw him the next day after the fight: he was very poorly and he looks very bad but he said he did not suffer much. It does not hinder him from eating. I wish you would let Linthicums know that he is wounded. The wounded are a getting furloughs and I think as soon as John gets able he will get a furlough ...
The rest of the War
He died of wounds at Charlestown, VA on 24 September 1862.
References & notes
His service from Richard L. Armstrong's 25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry (1990). That information and his burial location thanks to Sharon Murray. The quote above from a letter Private Emanuel D. Cowger of his Company wrote home on 22 September 1862; online on Cowger's memorial page on Findagrave; punctuation added.
09/24/1862 Charlestown, VA; burial in "Soldiers Square", Edge Hill Cemetery, Charlestown, WV