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Confederate (CSA)


Caleb Halsted Camfield

(1834 - 1906)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: Cobb's (GA) Legion, Cavalry Battalion

Before Sharpsburg

From Dougherty County, GA, he enlisted as 2nd Sergeant, Company E, 4th Georgia Infantry 28 April 1861. He transferred to Company D, Cobb's Legion Cavalry on 10 August 1861. He was elected 2nd Lieutenant on 31 December, then to First Lieutenant date not given.

On the Campaign

From General A.P. Hill's Report:

My thanks are due my staff for their hearty co-operation and intelligent transmission of my orders under a fire frequently uncomfortably hot--Maj. R. C. Morgan, assistant adjutant-general; Major [R. J.] Wingate, Capt. R. H. T. Adams, signal officer; Lieut. Murray [F.] Taylor, aide-de-camp, and Lieutenant [C. H.] Camfield, of my escort.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain, then transferred to the 29th Battalion, Georgia Cavalry as Major on 10 March 1864 (rank to date from 10 December 1863). He was paroled at Albany, GA on 15 May 1865.

After the War

He was a cotton broker with offices in St. Louis, and lived in Belleville, IL. He was a member of the Belleville Guards militia, there, and they were activated as Company A, 11th Illinois National Guard during the Pullman Strike of 1874. He returned to Georgia in 1883 and lived in Albany for the rest of his life.

References & notes

Service from Henderson,1 who has his middle name as Hally. Details from a history of the Belleville Guards by Jon Stacy, historian of the Hecker Camp, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His tombstone has his middle name as Halsted. His mother was Phoebe Roberts Halstead. He married Sarah Harvey Talbot (or Tolbott) in December 1865.




11/04/1906; burial in Oakview Cemetery, Albany, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964, Vol. 1, pg. 589  [AotW citation 17621]