(1846 - 1916)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 26th Alabama Infantry
About a week after his 15th birthday he enlisted as Private, Company H, 26th Alabama Infantry on 13 September 1861 in Pikeville, AL. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.
On the Campaign
A year later he was wounded in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862 and captured.
I am thankful to a federal soldier who cared for me while I lay wounded on the battlefield, Hug a Yankee, he said, and carried me back under shelter of the hill and after giving me water from his canteen, he bade me a kindly good-by.
The rest of the War
He was in the Camden Street hospital in Baltimore, MD in October then sent to Fort McHenry. He was exchanged in May 1863 and was furloughed home, disabled.
After the War
By 1880 he was a farmer in Lamar County, AL. By 1900 and to at least 1910 he was a dealer in real estate at Millport.
References & notes
His service from Fincham's roster,1 sourced from Tod L. Molsworth's O'Neal's 26th Alabama: the Little Regiment that Did (2000). Details from the Lamar County, AL, 1907 Confederate Veterans Census, source also of the quote above. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Sarah Jane Berryhill (1842-1899) in about 1867 and they had as many as 5 children, but only two survived infancy. He married again, her sister Nancy Margaret Berryhill (1858-1940), in October 1899.
09/04/1846; Beaverton, AL
03/25/1916; burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Millport, AL
1 Fincham, Jr., Ray, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry Regimental Histories - Alabama, Published 2005, first accessed 23 August 2020, <https://ranger95.com/civil_war/alabama/index.html>, Source page: /infantry/26ala_inf/26th_ala_inf_roster_h.htm [AotW citation 25533]