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Confederate (CSV)


John B. Gorey

(c. 1831 - 1862)

Home State: Louisiana

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Madison Light Artillery (LA)

Before Sharpsburg

Age 30, he enrolled in Moody's Battery and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant on 1 June 1861. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in March or April 1862.

On the Campaign

In action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862

[t]he gallant Lieutenant Gorey was killed, being shot in the head by a Minie-ball as he was sighting his piece for its last discharge. The section with which he was serving was not his own, but, seeing it was going to an exposed position, he asked permission to accompany it. A more gallant officer was not in our service.

The rest of the War

His widow Helen Gorey filed for his final pay in Richmond, VA on 7 October 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Booth1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. The quote above from Colonel S.D. Lee's Report.


c. 1831


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 2, pg. 62  [AotW citation 10701]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29158]