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Confederate (CSV)

Captain

Malachi Ford Bonham

(1828 - 1894)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as Corporal and was promoted to Sergeant of Company B, Seibel's Battalion of Alabama Infantry with Mexican War service from 1846-48. By 1861 he was a 31 year old dentist in Hayneville, AL, and he enrolled as Captain, Company H, 3rd Alabama Infantry on 15 April 1861 in Lowndesboro. He transferred/was consolidated into Company G in May 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He led the regiment as senior officer present at Chancellorsville, VA in May 1863 and was wounded at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863. He was ill for much of May through August 1864 and was slightly wounded at Winchester, VA on 19 September 1864. He was in a hospital, then furloughed home through December.

After the War

By 1870 he was farming in Lowndesboro, AL. In 1880 he was again a practicing dentist, in Montgomery.

References & notes

His service from NARA's Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848, the State of Alabama,1 and the Confederate Officers Card File. 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 and the US Census for 1860-1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Penelope McGinney (1840-1886) in July 1858 and they had 6 children.

Birth

03/04/1828; Columbia, SC

Death

05/21/1896; Montgomery County, AL; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, AL

Notes

1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/index.cfm>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=16508  [AotW citation 25594]