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J.A. Booker

J.A. Booker

Confederate (CSV)


John Agee Booker

(1839 - 1925)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Company Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as Lieutenant of Company D on 1 July 1861, and was the Regiment's Ordnance Officer through much of 1862.

On the Campaign

"... our Brigade came out of the fight under command of Lieutenant John A. Booker of the 21st Regiment ..." 1

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain on 6 February 1863. He was wounded in the right knee in action in the Wilderness on 5 May 1864 and reported disabled, but remained with the Regiment (at least through December 1864). He was paroled at Farmville, Virginia in April 1865.

After the War

He was a lawyer and law clerk, as well as County Treasurer in Cumberland County. By 1900 he was practicing law and living in the R.E. Lee Camp Number 1 Soldiers Home in Richmond.

References & notes

Details here from Riggs.2 His photograph from one in the Liljenquist Collection, online from the Library of Congress. Thanks to Chris for the pointer to it.

Booker was the author of A Record of Confederate Generals (Richmond: Everett Waddey Co., 1897), which is online from the Internet Archives. Not a lengthy work, it may have been a marketing piece for the Confederate Diploma Company, of which he was president.


02/14/1839; Cumberland County, VA


08/25/1925; Cumberland County, VA; burial in Center Presbyterian Church, Cumberland, VA


1   Worsham, John H., One of Jackson's Foot Cavalry, New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1912, pg. 147  [AotW citation 1214]

2   Riggs, Susan A., 21st Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg (VA): H.E. Howard, Inc., 1991, pp. 23, 62  [AotW citation 1215]