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Confederate (CSV)

Private

John W. Stevens

(1842 - 1928)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Texas Infantry

Before Antietam

He was 'recruited' on 9 March 1862 in Liberty County, Texas, and joined his Company - Company K, 5th Texas Infantry - in Richmond, VA. He first saw action on the Peninsula in May and June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 ... "this writer received a painful wound that left him flat on his back on the ground, where in a few minutes he received a second wound that for some time left him unconscious on the field. Upon recovering consciousness, to his horror, our lines were falling back. The idea of falling into the hands of the enemy was too horrible to be considered, so, making an effort to stand up, I found that I was not disabled so badly that I could not walk. Therefore I determined to make my exit to the field hospital, some 700 yards to the rear in an old barn."

The rest of the War

He crossed to Shepherdstown on the 18th, and was sent to a hospital in Winchester, VA on the 19th. He returned to his Regiment at Matrinsburg about the end of September. He was appoined 4th Corporal on 4 October 1862 and 2nd Corporal on 22 June 1863. He was captured in action at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863, and imprisoned at Ft. Delaware and Point Lookout, VA. He was exchanged at Savannah, GA in November 1864. He was promoted to First Corporal to date from May 1864. He was home on furlough into February 1865, and on light duty near Houston to the end of the War.

References & notes

Basic service information from Polley1. Stevens published his Reminiscences2 in 1902, source of futher detail and the quote above.

Birth

02/22/1842 in OH

Death

08/24/928 Seymour, TX; burial in Masonic Cemetery, Seymour, TX

Notes

1   Polley, Joseph Benjamin, Hood's Texas Brigade, New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1910, pp. 344-347  [AotW citation 2583]

2   Stevens, John W., Reminiscences of the Civil War , Hillsboro (Tx): Hillsboro Mirror Print, 1902  [AotW citation 8797]