(c. 1840 - 1862)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 50th Georgia Infantry
He enlisted as Private, Company G, 50th Georgia Infantry on 4 March 1862.
On the Campaign
He was mortally wounded and captured in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862. He is shown in roster data as missing on that date.
The rest of the War
He was probably the "Private M.G.S." treated by Acting Assistant Surgeon Alfred North at the US General Hospital in Fredrick, MD. Dr. North noted:
The base of the second metacarpal, the trapezium, trapezoid, scaphoid, semilunar and extremity of the radius are fractured by a bullet that entered on the dorsum of the wrist and emerged on the inner side of the forearm two inches above the joint. Private M.G.S. “G” 50th Georgia (Rebel), 22. South Mountain, 14th September, admitted hospital Frederick, 17th; amputated junction upper thirds of the forearm 4th October; died from pyaemia [a type of septicemia] 3d December 1862.
References & notes
Basic service information from Fincham1. Matthew's "left carpus and metacarpus and lower portions of the bones of the forearm" are in the collection of the US Army Medical Museum. The quote above is from the Catalog of the Surgical Section of that museum (1866, pg. 207). His gravesite is online from Findagrave.
12/03/1862 Frederick, MD; burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD
1 Fincham, Jr., Ray, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry Regimental Histories - Georgia C.S.A., Published c. 2005, <http://www.ranger95.com/civil_war/georgia/index.html>, Source page: /georgia/infantry/50th_inf_regt.html [AotW citation 3099]