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Confederate (CSV)


John Alexander Rosborough

(1842 - 1920)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 17 year old son of a successful Fairfield planter, he enlisted as First Corporal, Company C, 12th South Carolina Infantry in September 1861. He was wounded during the Seven Days' battles in Virginia in June 1862 and appointed First Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was twice wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was captured on the Southside Railroad near Appomattox, VA on 7 April 1865 and held in the Federal prison at Elmira, NY. He was released on about 15 June 1865 after taking the oath of allegiance.

After the War

He went to Florida in 1867, and except for about 10 years in a Federal government position in Washington DC (c. 1880-90), and a brief period back in South Carolina, he lived there for the rest of his life. He served two terms in the Florida House and two in the State Senate.

References & notes

His service from the Rolls,1 and his Compiled Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database, and Lt. J.R. Boyles' Reminiscences of the Civil War (1890). Personal details from family genealogists, the 1860 US Census, and his obituary in the Confederate Veteran (May 1920). His gravesite is on Findagrave

He was one of 4 Rosboroughs in Company C.

He married Mary Eliza King (1845-1925) in November 1867 and they had 12 children.


12/11/1842; Fairfield District, SC


02/29/1920; Windsor, FL; burial in Windsor Methodist Cemetery, Windsor, FL


1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Roll of Company C, 12th Reg't Inf, South Carolina Vols.  [AotW citation 24324]