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Confederate (CSV)


J. M. Bookman


(c. 1834 - 1863)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was counted in the 1860 Grimes County census in Anderson P.O. at age 26, born in South Carolina, occupation lawyer. He enlisted as 2nd Sergeant, Company G of the 4th Texas Infantry on 19 July 1861 at Harrisburg, Texas. He was appointed 1st Sergeant 07 January 1862. On the Peninsula in April 1862, speaking for all the members of the Regiment, he presented a horse to General Hood in the following speech:

Sir: In behalf of the non commissioned officers and privates of the 4th Texas Regiment I present you this war horse. He was selected and purchased by us for this purpose, not that we hoped by so doing to court your favor, but simply because we as freemen and Texans claim the ability to discern and the right to reward merit wherever it may be found. In you, sir, we recognize the soldier and the gentleman. In you we have found a leader whom we are proud to follow; a commander whom it is a pleasure to obey and this horse we tender as a slight testimonial of our admiration ...
Bookman was elected 3rd Lieutenant 12 July 1862 and promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 30 July.

The rest of the War

He was killed in action at Chickamauga on 19 September 1863.

References & notes

His presense at Sharpsburg and the quote above from Davis1. Further roster data from Grimes County researchers on USGenWeb. At least one reference has his first name as Isaac ( "I" rather then "J").


c. 1834 in SC


09/19/1863; Chickamauga, GA


1   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 159 - 161  [AotW citation 1831]