(1842 - 1885)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Texas Infantry
He enlisted in Grimes County as a Private in Company H, 4th Texas Infantry on 7 May 1861.
On the Campaign
He was in action with his Company at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was in Richmond hospitals by 3 October, on furlough for 60 days from 24 October (probably extended), and returned to duty on 4 April 1863. He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his right knee at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863 and was captured on 4 July, probably in a field hospital. His leg was amputated by a US surgeon of the 9th Pennsylvania on 7 July and he was treated at the Camp Letterman US Army General Hospital at Gettysburg from 1 August to 28 September. He was transferred to the USA GH in West's Buildings, Baltimore, MD and was there to 22 November 1863, when he was sent on to City Point, VA for exchange. By January 1864 he was on furlough in Alabama, listed as "permanently disabled," and in March and April he was in a hospital in Charlottesville, VA. He was "honorably retired" as a Sergeant on 8 May 1864 and gave his residence as Prairie Plains, TX.
After the War
By 1880 he was a grocer and saloon-keeper in Prairie Plains, TX and was postmaster there in 1905.
References & notes
Service information from Davis,1 who has him as John E. Stewart, wounded at Fox's Gap, and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave, which has his middle name as Effram.
He married Martha Louvenia "Mattie" Edmundson (1846-1925) in December 1875 and they had 5 children.
More on the Web
See his application for an artificial limb made while he was in the hospital in Charlottesville in March 1864, over on the blog.
03/31/1842 in AL
04/26/1885; Grimes County, TX; burial in Independence Cemetery, Shiro, TX
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 161 - 162 [AotW citation 1887]
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 26722]