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J.H. McDowell

J.H. McDowell

Confederate (CSV)


Joseph H. McDowell

(1839 - 1912)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a member of the State Militia while a teenager and attended the Prospect Academy in 1858. He enlisted as Private, Company C (later K), 5th South Carolina Infantry in April 1861 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in August 1861. He resigned due to illness in December 1861 but returned to the Company as a Private about June 1862. He was again elected 2nd Lieutenant in July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company on the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and probably commanded as senior officer present.

The rest of the War

He was wounded in action at Loudon, TN in late 1863 and was hospitalized for about 3 months in Atlanta, GA. He returned to duty in early 1864. He was promoted to Captain in March 1865 and was surrendered with his Company at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

He lived in Spartanburg County for 15 or 20 years and then moved to Clifford, TX and was a stockman there.

References & notes

His service from the Roll.1 Details and his picture, from a photograph, in John Belton O'Neall Landrum's History of Spartanburg County (1900). His parole at Appomattox from an online list posted by the National Park Service. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


09/26/1839; Spartanburg County, SC


03/17/1912; near Amarillo, TX; burial in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, TX


1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Company K, Fifth Regiment Infantry  [AotW citation 22060]