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Confederate (CSV)

Private

James Organ

(c. 1840 - 1864)

Home State: Louisiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th Louisiana Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

An unmarried 22 year old carpenter in Madison, LA, he enlisted in Company E, 9th Louisiana Infantry on 4 March 1862 at Milliken's Bend, LA.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot and captured in action on 17 September 1862 along the Hagerstown Pike near the Miller Cornfield at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital near Sharpsburg then admitted to the US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick, MD on 27 October. He was transferred to Fort McHenry, MD on 13 December 1862, paroled there, then sent to City Point, VA and exchanged on 18 December. He was absent sick in March and April 1863 and detailed to duty in Richmond into December 1863.

He returned to his Company in 1864 and was captured in action at Spotsylvania, VA on 12 May 1864. He was a prisoner at Point Lookout, MD and died there on 7 August 1864.

References & notes

Basic information from Booth1. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 Thanks to Frances Sisson for the pointer to the bread riot connection in her 2013 honors thesis. His memorial is on Findagrave.

It is likely he was present in Richmond during the "women's bread riot" of 2 April 1863 and was one of the people charged with assault and robbery for actions during the disorder:

Hustings Court - The regular monthly term of this Court commenced yesterday:
James White, for stealing a check; Patrick Martin and James Organ, for assault and robbery; Richard Duff, for robbery, Mary Smith, for robbery; Samuel P. Drumheiler, for assault and robbery; Mary Johnson, (one of the rioters,) for felony; Virgil Jones, (another rioter) for felony, John Farrell, for theft; James Williamson, for theft, were all sent on for final trial before Judge Lyons.


--Richmond Daily Dispatch of 14 April 1863, pg. 1, online from the Library of Congress

Birth

c. 1840 in IRELAND

Death

08/07/1864 Point Lookout, MD; burial in Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery, Scotland, MD

Notes

1   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 3, Book 2, Part 1, pg. 41  [AotW citation 22259]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #5.343  [AotW citation 22260]