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Confederate (CSV)


J. L. Davis

(c. 1842 - 1862)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as Private, Company C, 2nd South Carolina Infantry at Morriss' Island on 24 April 1861 and mustered 23 May. He transferred to Company D before 30 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by gunshot to the left arm and was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862. His humerus (upper arm bone) was shattered.

The rest of the War

His arm was amputated at the shoulder joint by a Federal surgeon at a US Army field hospital near Sharpsburg on 18 September, but he died of pyemia (infection) on 25 September 1862. The surgeon also noted that his health had been poor before he was wounded, which probably hurt his chances of survival.

References & notes

His service from his Salley.1 Wound and medical details from Fisher.2


c. 1842


09/25/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Salley, Alexander S., Jr., compiler, South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service, 3 vols., Columbia: Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1913-1930, Vol. 2, pg. 77  [AotW citation 21405]

2   Fisher, Geoge Jackson, MD, Report of Fifty-seven Cases of Amputations ... after the Battle of Antietam, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 1863-01-01, Table III  [AotW citation 21404]