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Confederate (CSV)


James B. Blackmon, Jr.

(c. 1838 - ?)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 23 year old farmer on his father's farm in the Lancaster District, he enlisted as Private, Company E, 12th South Carolina Infantry on 26 August 1861. He was promoted to Sergeant in April 1862 and elected 2nd Lieutenant on 17 June. He was wounded at Cold Harbor (Mechanicsville), VA on 26 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the leg in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His leg was amputated at the thigh in a "hospital near Sharpsburg" but he died of wounds, date not given.

References & notes

His service from the Roll,1 which has him as James R. Blackman and says he was killed outright at Sharpsburg. Further details from Barry Truluck's research in Caldwell2, the US Census for 1850, and his Compiled Service Records via fold3.

His father followed him as 2nd Lieutenant of the Company, but was himself killed at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 12 May 1864. Blackmon is a common Lancaster name of the period. There were at least 5 Blackman/Blackmons in Company E, 2 of whom were paroled at Appomattox in 1865.


c. 1838


Date not known; Sharpsburg, MD


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 E, 12th Reg't Inf, South Carolina Vols.  [AotW citation 24362]

2   Caldwell, James Fitz James, The History of a Brigade of South Carolinians, known first as "Gregg's" and subsequently as "McGowan's Brigade", Marietta (Ga): Continental Book Co., 1866, pg. 79  [AotW citation 24779]