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Confederate (CSV)


Isaiah Martin Bookman


(c. 1834 - 1863)

Home State: Texas

Education: Cumberland (TN) University (1858),
Baylor University (Law), Class of 1859

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He and his family came to Texas from Columbia, SC in about 1850 and had a farm at Roan Prairie in Grimes County. After college (A.B., 1858) and law school (LL.B., 1859), by then age 25, he began a law practice in Anderson.

He enlisted as 2nd Sergeant, Company G of the 4th Texas Infantry on 19 July 1861 at Harrisburg, TX and was appointed First Sergeant on 7 January 1862. At "dress parade" at Yorktown on the Virginia Peninsula on 26 April 1862, speaking for all the members of the Regiment who contributed, he presented a horse they bought to General Hood:

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 on 12 July 1862 and promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 30 July.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was captured on the Nansemond River near Suffolk, VA on 3 May 1863 and was paroled for exchange at Fortress Monroe, VA on 13 May. He was killed at Chickamauga, GA on 19 September 1863.

References & notes

His presence at Sharpsburg and the quote above from Davis,1 as J.M. Bookman, with service from his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3, as I.M. Bookman. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1850 and 1860. His education from the Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Cumberland University (1858) and the Baylor Bulletin (1914).

One of his classmates at Baylor was Decimus et Ultima Barziza, Captain of Company C of the 4th Texas (wounded 2nd Manassas, not at Sharpsburg). "D.U." was the 10th and last child of his parents.


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]

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 26891]