(c. 1838 - 1862)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 15th Virginia Infantry
From Caroline County, he was in Company E at Sharpsburg, but may earlier have been a member of Company C.
On the Campaign
Killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
Originally buried in "Mrs. Luckerís barn field near an old well; [graves] have been plowed over." Later reinterred in Hagerstown, probably in 1874.
References & notes
Burial information from Pruett1. Birth information from the 1850 Federal Census for Caroline County, VA. Further details and corrections from Adam Zimmerli, whose research sources included:
15th VA Infantry Rosters for Companies C and E at the Library of Virginia; NPS' Soldiers & Sailors Database; and Stotelmyer's Bivouacs of the Dead2. Adam also found his name listed as J.M. Leak.
c. 1838 in VA
09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD
1 Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010 [AotW citation 4470]
2 Stotelmyer, Steven R., The Bivouacs of the Dead: The story of those who died at Antietam and South Mountain, Baltimore: Toomey Press, 1992, pg. 84 [AotW citation 8844]