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J.M. Johnson

J.M. Johnson

Confederate (CSV)


James M. Johnson

(1836 - 1863)

Home State: Georgia

Education: Georgia Military Institute

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Phillips' (GA) Legion, Infantry Battalion

Before Sharpsburg

By 1850 he was living with his family in Marietta, GA. He was probably a student at the Georgia Military Institute in 1857. He was commissioned Captain of the McDonald Guards - First Company, 4th State Brigade - in May 1861, but when that unit disbanded in June, he enlisted as Sergeant in Company E, 14th Georgia Infantry. After the western Virginia Campaign he was discharged for disability on 15 December 1861 and probably returned to Marietta.

On 15 March 1862 he was commissioned Captain of the Blackwell Volunteers - Company L, Phillips' Legion Infantry Battalion.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the thigh and captured in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain, MD on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was exchanged in October 1862 and wounded again, in the foot, at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862. He was mortally wounded by a gunshot through his body at Knoxville, TN on 29 November 1863 and died at US Army General Hospital #5 at 2:30 that afternoon. He was buried in the city cemetery.

References & notes

His service from Graham.1 He's not found in Henderson's Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia for the 14th Infantry. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See an extensive narrative of Captain Johnson's life and service from Kurt Graham, source also of his picture, from a photograph shared with Mr. Graham by owner Al Camblin.


1836 in NC


11/29/1863; Knoxville, TN; burial in Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, TN


1   Graham, Kurt D., Phillips Georgia Legion - Infantry Battalion, first accessed 20 September 2012, <>, Source page: /page10.html  [AotW citation 21987]