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Confederate (CSV)


James Van Buren Choate

(1830 - 1898)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as Private, Company E, 17th South Carolina Infantry on 5 December 1861 at Camp Hampton near Columbia, SC.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Turner's Gap on South Mountain, MD on 14 September and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was present with his Company for the rest of the war. He was appointed 2nd Corporal on 1 September 1864 and was sick in hospital in February and to 21 March 1865, when he returned to duty. He was wounded by a gunshot to his left side about 30 March 1865 with no later military record.

After the War

He was living in Arkansas by the time of his marriage in 1869. In 1880 he was a farmer in York, Lonoke County.

References & notes

His service from the Roll 1 and his Compiled Service Records, with his presence at "Boonsboro" and Sharpsburg from Colonel McMaster's list for the 17th South Carolina (Confederate States Army Casualty Lists and Narrative Reports, RG 109, NARA), both online from fold3. All three references have him as J.V. Choat. Personal details from family genealogists and the 1880 US Census. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Esther Ann Davis (1854-1954) in February 1869 and they had two sons.


1830 in SC


08/18/1898; Austin, AR; burial in Sylvania Cemetery, Sylvania, Lonoke County, AR


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 E, Seventeenth Regiment Infantry  [AotW citation 22083]