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Confederate (CSV)


John Wood Chester

(c. 1835 - 1864)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 26 year old clerk in Mobile, he enrolled as First Lieutenant, Company E, 3rd Alabama Infantry in March 1861. He was promoted to Captain by June 1862 and was wounded that month at Seven Pines, VA.

On the Campaign

He was in command of his Company in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was slightly wounded at Cold Harbor, VA in June 1864 and recovered enough to return to duty by August. He was mortally wounded on 19 September 1864 at Winchester, VA and died in a hospital in Richmond, VA on 12 or 13 (or 19) October 1864.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama.1 His command on South Mountain from a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. His 1864 service from Alfred C. Young's The Complete Roster and Service Records of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during the Overland Campaign (2019). Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Olivia Parmly (b. 1842) in November 1859.


c. 1835 in AL


10/12/1864; Richmond, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=33702, etc.  [AotW citation 25587]