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J.W. Latimer

J.W. Latimer

Confederate (CSV)


Joseph White Latimer

(1843 - 1863)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Virginia Military Institute (VMI)

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Courtney (VA) Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

He was at VMI, in the Class of 1863, and was one of the students chosen to serve as a drill instructor at the Camp of Instruction in Richmond after the war broke out. In July 1861 when the training camps disbanded he returned home. Just after his 18th birthday later that year he was appointed Lieutenant in Captain A. R. Courtney's Henrico Artillery. This was one of the batteries he had instructed and Courtney was his cousin. In September he was elected the senior second Lieutenant of the battery. He was promoted to Captain on 14 July 1862 when Courtney was promoted to Major and Battalion command.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the Battery in Maryland.

The rest of the War

Promoted to Major in May 1863, he was mortally wounded in the right arm by an exploding shell at Gettysburg on 2 July 1863. His arm was amputated but he died of his wounds on 1 August in Harrisonburg, VA, about a month short of 20 years old.

References & notes

His service from Nicholas & Servis' Powhatan, Salem and Courtney Henrico Artillery (1997) via the Historical Data Systems. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture here from a painted portrait of him - with missing arm - at the Preston Library, VMI, Lexington, VA.


08/27/1843; Oak Ridge, Prince William County, VA


8/1/1863 Harrisonburg, VA; burial in Woodbine Cemetery, Harrisonburg, VA