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Confederate (CSV)


John Martin Somervell

(1843 - 1915)

Home State: Arkansas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Arkansas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted in Company I, 3rd Arkansas Infantry at Tulip, Arkansas on June 25, 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was furloughed to Arkansas to recover from wounds in October 1862, but was listed as absent without leave on January 5, 1863. He enlisted in Company E, 2nd Arkansas Cavalry Regiment, and was promoted to Third Lieutenant on July 20, 1864. He was later reduced to ranks, and paroled at Millican, Texas on June 3, 1865.

After the War

He moved to Memphis, TN in 1867, then Louisville, KY and was a grocery clerk. He was in Tipton County, TN in 1868, and returned to Arkansas in 1870 to farm. He was a school teacher 1875-1881. He was elected county clerk in 1883 and was re-elected through at least 1890.

References & notes

Basic information from Howerton1. Details from Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas (1890). He was listed in Dallas County in the 1860 US Census; occupation farmer. Brother of Private Willis Lewis Somervell, Jr, also of Company I, who was killed at Sharpsburg.


01/23/1843; Hardeman County, TN


07/01/1915; Hope, AR; burial in State Line Cemetery, Texarkana, AR


1   Howerton, Bryan R., Roster of the Third Arkansas Infantry Regiment, CSA, Published 1998, <>, Source page: /civilwar/3rdcoi.html  [AotW citation 13881]