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Confederate (CSA)


John Allen Job Barksdale


(1836 - 1864)

Home State: Mississippi

Education: U of Mississippi, Class of 1857

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: Barksdale's Brigade

Before Sharpsburg

He had been secretary to Jacob Thompson, President Buchanan's Secretary of the Interior (1857-61). He enlisted as Private in Company A, 21st Mississippi Infantry, on 1 July 1861. He was detached to the Signal Corps in the summer of 1862, and was appointed Lieutenant and aide-de-camp to General W. Barksdale on 5 September 1862.

On the Campaign

From General Barksdale's Report:

Lieutenant J. A. Barksdale, of my staff, was prompt and fearless in the execution of all orders.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain and Assistant Adjutatn General on 23 February 1863, then transferred to General Humphreys' staff. He was killed in action on 8 May 1864 at Spotsylvania, VA.

References & notes

Service from Krick1. Details from the Historical Catalogue of the University of Mississippi: 1849-1909 (1910). His gravesite is on Findagrave. He may have been "a distant cousin" of the General.


02/05/1836; Yalobusha County, MS


05/08/1864; Spotsylvania, VA; burial in Fredericksburg National Cemetery, Fredericksburg, VA


1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pp. 68-69  [AotW citation 17588]