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Confederate (CSV)


John Wesley Eidson

(1842 - 1906)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 19 year old farmer at Fruit Hill, Edgefield District, he enlisted as 3rd Corporal, Company G, 7th South Carolina Infantry on 15 April 1861. He was promoted First Corporal in September 1861 and 4th Sergeant in January 1862. He was elected 3rd Lieutenant at the reorganization of 13 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot in action on Maryland Heights near Harpers Ferry on 13 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant to date from 22 September and was in a hospital in Manchester, VA to at least 28 September 1862. He was wounded again, at Chickamauga, GA on 20 September 1862, and his right leg was amputated at the thigh. He was surrendered and paroled on 25 May 1865 at Augusta, GA.

After the War

In 1880 he was School Commissioner at Shaws, Edgefield County.

References & notes

His service from Swain,1 who lists the exact same military events from Maryland Heights to Chickamauga for his brother William Anderson Eidson (1846-1912), which seems unlikely. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Louisa Wright (1845-1918) in December 1870.


01/1842 in SC


07/11/1906; burial in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Trenton, SC


1   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pg. 499  [AotW citation 24500]