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Confederate (CSV)


James McDonald Campbell

(? - 1864)

Home State: Alabama

Command Billet: Regimental Major

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 47th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A minister from Cherokee County1, he organized and was Captain of Company E of the 47th in April 1862. He was wounded at Cedar Run (Virginia) on 9 August 18622, but was (probably) with the Regiment at Sharpsburg by 17 September. His appointment as Major was dated 23 August 1862.3

On the Campaign

Major Campbell was (probably) in command of the Regiment as senior officer present after Colonel Jackson assumed command of the Brigade in relief of Colonel Warren on 17 September. Lieutenant Colonel Bulger was on furlough.

The rest of the War

He again commanded the Regiment at Gettysburg in July after Colonel Jackson and Lt. Colonel Bulger were wounded and captured, respectively.4 He was killed in action at or near Spotsylvania Courthouse on the Wilderness Campaign in May 1864.5


Date not known in TN




1   Laine, J. Gary, and Morris M. Penny, Law's Alabama Brigade in the War Between the Union and the Confederacy, Shippensburg (Pa): White Mane Publishing Company, 1996  [AotW citation 252]

2   Pitts, Allan J., Confederate Military Units from Cherokee County, Alabama, Published c. 2004, first accessed 15 September 2005, <>  [AotW citation 253]

3   From muster and historical rolls transcribed on cards at ADAH. Also source for State of birth and death date.
State of Alabama, State Archives, and Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, director, and staff, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Published c.2000, first accessed 08 July 2005, <>, Source page: Historical Roll Cards (/civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=25057)  [AotW citation 256]

4   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, various citations  [AotW citation 254]

5   Jones, Ken, History of Law's Alabama Brigade, 1862-1865, Published 1996, first accessed 15 September 2005, <>, Source page: 47th Alabama Muster Rolls (/47emstr.html)  [AotW citation 255]