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Confederate (CSV)

Corporal

Thomas J. Dunn

(c. 1843 - 1863)

Home State: Mississippi

Education: Mississippi College

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 18th Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

An 18 year old student, he enlisted for one year on 29 May 1861 in the Mississippi College Rifles - later Company E, 18th Mississippi Infantry. He was appointed Corporal on 8 December and reenlisted on 26 April 1862 at Lee's Mills, VA.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his right hip which went through both thighs, and he was then captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Springs field hospital on the Geeting Farm near Keedysville, MD where he was afflicted with bedsores and both legs became paralyzed. On 6 April 1863 Robert Ould, the Confederate Agent of Exchange in Richmond, sent William H. Ludlow, his Federal opposite number, a request:

SIR: ... I will be much obliged to you if you will cause to be sent to City Point Thomas J Dunn, Company E, Eighteenth Mississippi Regiment, captured and wounded at Antietam. He is now at Locust Springs, about two miles from Frederick, Md. I am very anxious about this matter and will take it as a great favor if you will give it your attention ...
No such transfer ever happened. Dunn was admitted to US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick, MD on 3 May 1863 and on 20 May erysipelas - a bacterial skin infection - "attacked" his right side from ribs to knee. He died of infection in his hip and other complications from his wounds on 19 June 1863.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records from Michael J. Higgins (via RootsWeb). Wound and medical details from Otis,1 as Private Thomas J. D___. The quote above from the OR.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth

c. 1843 in LA

Death

06/19/1863 Frederick, MD; burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD

Notes

1   Otis, George Alexander, A Report on Excisions of the Head of the Femur for Gunshot Injury, Washington: US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, 1869, pg. 93  [AotW citation 23344]

2   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, Series II, Vol. V (ser. No. 118), pg. 443  [AotW citation 23345]