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J. Oden

J. Oden

Confederate (CSV)


John L. Oden

(1823 - ?)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 10th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A resident of Talladega County from age 9, he enrolled as First Lieutenant in Company K, 10th Alabama Infantry on 4 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the chest and thigh in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and captured.

The rest of the War

He was probably treated at the 5th New Hampshire hospital at Sharpsburg (see Capt. James Perry, 5th NH). He was paroled at Fort McHenry, MD on 12 November 1862 and exchanged at City Point, VA on the 21st. He was promoted to Captain 1 March 1863, but resigned 20 June 1863. In early 1864 he was elected Captain of a company of Alabama Reserves (local defense) from Talladega County.

After the War

He was a farmer and miller, and in the mercantile business in Childersburg and Sylacauga. Later called "Piney" for his sawmill business.

References & notes

Basic information from a summary of his service cards from the Alabama Civil War Service Database and his compiled service records at the National Archives. More from his son Albert Joshua's bio in Owen's History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography (1921), Vol. 4, pg. 1295 - thanks to Alan Pitts for the pointer. Life dates and picture here from his gravesite on Findagrave.

More on the Web

A typed copy of his wartime diary is in the Confederate Military Unit history files, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery.


05/04/1823; Maplesville, AL


05/23/1895; Sylacauga, AL; burial in Fort Williams Cemetery, Sylacauga, AL