John C Key(1826 - 1902)
Home State: Georgia
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 44th Georgia Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
A lawyer and politician before the War, he helped organize his company and mustered into service as Captain of the Jasper Volunteers - Company B of the 44th Georgia Infantry on 17 March 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded the depleted Forty-Fourth at Sharpsburg as the senior officer present.
The remainder of the War:
He was wounded at Chancellorsville 4 May 1863, saw action at Gettysburg, and was promoted Major of the regiment in September 1863. He retired from field service in May 1864 for disability, and was assigned duty in Augusta to the end of the War.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic service information here from Thomas1 - which includes a rough portrait, with additional information from a biographical sketch transcribed online by Harris Hill from Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia & Florida (1899).
|Birth Date: 02/25/1826 Place of Birth: Jasper County, GA |
Death Date: 06/01/1902 Burial Place: Monticello Methodist Church, Jasper County, GA
1 Thomas, Henry Walter, History of the Doles-Cook Brigade, Atlanta: Franklin Printing & Publishing Co., 1903, pg. 505 [AotW citation 902]
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