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Confederate (CSV)


James Andrew Townsend

(1836 - 1918)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 24 year old teacher in Cokesbury, Abbeville District, he enlisted as Private, Company B, 7th South Carolina Infantry on 4 June 1861. He was elected First Lieutenant at the reorganization of 13 May 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was in hospitals in Richmond into December 1862, then appointed acting regimental Quartermaster, ans was probably in that job to at least October 1864. He was promoted to Captain (and Quartermaster?) in April 1865. He was surrendered on 26 April 1865 and paroled at Greensboro, NC on 2 May 1865.

After the War

He went to Owensville, TX then moved to Corsicana in January 1872. He was a teacher and school administrator there for many years. He was a real estate agent (his wife was still teaching) by 1900 and to at least 1910.

References & notes

His service from Swain.1 Personal details from a bio sketch online from the Navarro (TX) GenWeb, from family genealogists, and the US Census for 1880-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Emma Hudson Davis (1852-1948) and they had 3 children.

His brother John, Private, Company B, was also wounded on Maryland Heights.


08/07/1836; Orangeburg, SC


12/07/1918; in TX; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, TX


1   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pg. 655  [AotW citation 24677]