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Confederate (CSA)


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 Hampden 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.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the Battery, as Maj Courtney had been promoted to command of the Battalion.

The rest of the War

Promoted to Major in May 1863, he was mortally wounded at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, just 19 years old.

More on the Web

There's a portrait of him at the Preston Library, VMI, Lexington, Va.


1843; Oak Ridge, VA


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