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Confederate (CSV)


James W. Collings

(1841 - 1919)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 37th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted and mustered as Private, Company B, 37th Virginia Infantry on 22 April 1861 in Abingdon, VA. He was appointed First Sergeant on 21 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was slightly wounded in the leg in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He transferred to McConnell's Battalion of Virginia Cavalry on 15 October 1862 and served in Southwest Virginia and in Kentucky.

After the War

He settled in Hustonville, KY and worked on the L&N Railroad and supervised bridge construction. He was carpentry instructor at the Kentucky School for the Deaf from 1882 to 1884 and 1886 to his death of apoplexy in 1919.

References & notes

His service from Rankin1 via the Historical Data Systems database. His Sharpsburg wound detail from an "improved" casualty list published in the Abingdon Virginian of 10 October 1862, as J.W. Collins. Details from the Centennial History of the Kentucky School for the Deaf (1920). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


11/30/1841; Washington County, VA


01/10/1919; Danville, KY


1   Rankin, Thomas M., 37th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1987  [AotW citation 21806]