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Confederate (CSV)


Paul Milton Ripley

(1836 - 1924)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted at Waco, TX as 5th Sergeant in Company E, 4th Texas Infantry on 13 July 1861 and was promoted to First Sergeant on 15 July 1862. He was wounded at 2nd Manassas on 30 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and was wounded again, in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was recommended for commission as 2nd Lieutenant of Company K, date not given, but was not promoted. Except for brief periods absent due to illness, he was with his Company to the end of the war and was paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

By 1880 he was farm implement dealer in Waco, TX but his store was bought out in 1890. By 1900 he had moved his family to Tacoma, WA and was a night watchman there. In 1910 he was farming at Roy, south of Tacoma in Pierce County, WA. In 1920 he'd finally retired, to a house at 3220 32nd Street in Tacoma.

References & notes

Service information from Davis1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3, as P.M. Ripley. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1850 and 1880-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Emma Isabel Watkins (1844-1927) in January 1867 in Virginia, and they had two children in Texas.


12/25/1836; Botetourt County, VA


03///2/4/1924; Tacoma, WA; burial in Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, WA


1   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 155-157  [AotW citation 1772]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26651]