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Confederate (CSV)


John M. Hanson

(1840 - 1889)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He arrived in New Orleans from Germany in May 1858. He enlisted when the Company was organized in Galveston County, TX, and mustered with them as Private, Company L, First Texas Infantry for Confederate service on 30 August 1861 near Manassas, VA. He was appointed First Corporal in April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded (in the thigh?) in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862:

During the engagement I saw four bearers of our State colors shot down, to wit: First, John Hanson, Company L; second, James Day, Company M; third, Charles H. Kingsley, Company L, and, fourth, James K. Malone, Company A. After the fall of these, still others raised the colors until four more bearers were shot down ...
He was captured on the field.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 10 and 11 October, then sent on to Baltimore. He was exchanged and returned to duty, date not given. He was promoted to 3rd Sergeant in July 1863 and later transferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department.

References & notes

Service information from Davis1 and Simpson.2 The quote above from Lt. Colonel Work's after-action Report. Sharpsburg wound detail from a 22 September casualty list by Lt. Col. Work published in the Galveston News of 1 November 1862. Hospital detail from the Patient List.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1840; Bremerhaven, GERMANY


04/18/1889; Houston, TX; burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, TX


1   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pg. 143  [AotW citation 1571]

2   Simpson, Harold Brown, Hood's Texas Brigade: a Compendium, Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press, 1977, pg. 80  [AotW citation 21043]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #841  [AotW citation 21044]