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Confederate (CSV)


Christopher Beirne Donegan

(1837 - 1872)

Home State: Alabama

Education: University of Virginia (1855-57)

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

His father James Joseph Donegan was born in Ireland and a successful Commission Merchant in Huntsville, AL by 1850, when Christopher was 13. He was a student at the University of Virginia from 1855-57. He was an unmarried (probably law) student when he enlisted as Private on 26 April 1861 in Company I, 4th Alabama Infantry. He was present at most engagements from First to Second Manassas, VA.

On the Campaign

Present in action on South Mountain and at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

In action from Fredericksburg, VA in December 1862 through to the siege of Petersburg, VA in 1864.

After the War

He was a lawyer.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Alabama1. Details from Students of the University of Virginia: A Semi-centennial Catalogue (1878), the Semi-centennial Register of the Members of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity (1900), and the 1850 US Census for Huntsville, AL. Some genealogists have his death year as 1898 and his middle name as Bierne.


1837 in AL


01/01/1872; Huntsville, AL; burial in Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: various  [AotW citation 15732]