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Confederate (CSV)


Zachariah Reaves Speights

(1837 - 1882)

Home State: Louisiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Louisiana Volunteer Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A farmer in Huddleston, he joined the "Red River Rebels" in Rapides Parish and enlisted with them on 2 August 1861 in New Orleans as Corporal in Company B, First Louisiana Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a shell and captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was sent to Fort McHenry in Baltimore and paroled there on 14 October, then exchanged at Aiken's Landing, VA on 10 November 1862. He was given a furlough to January 1863, but did not return to duty. He was reduced to Private and was listed as a deserter by May 1863.

After the War

He was living with his sister Mary Jane and her family on their farm in Sabine County, TX by the US Census of 1880.

References & notes

Service from Booth,1 who has his birthplace as Georgia. Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his wartime, (1 January 1863?) handwritten will, in which he lists "negroes, land, horses, cattle, hogs and house hold and kitchen furniture", to be left to his sister Mary Jane Speights Clifton (1839-1904).


09/27/1837 in LA


11/18/1882; burial in Speights Cemetery, Sabine County, TX


1   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 3, Book 2, Part 2, pg. 658  [AotW citation 22323]