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Confederate (CSV)


John Robert McCants

(1841 - 1921)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 20 year old worker on his father's farm in Monroe County, AL, he enlisted as Private, Company D (later C), 5th Alabama Infantry in 15 March 1861 at Pineville (or on 29 July 1861 at Bells Landing, AL).

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863, was in a hospital in Selma, then furloughed for 30 days on 8 June 1863. He reenlisted "for the war" in July 1864.

After the War

By 1880 he was farming at Bells Landing, Monroe County, AL.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama.1 His wounding on South Mountain from a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Isabella Blanche (or Blanche Isabella) "Belle" Henry (c. 1845-) in September 1865 and they had 6 children. He married again in 1889, (her sister?) Elizabeth Bell Henry.


10/1841; Tinela, Monroe County, AL


05/04/1921; Vredenburgh, AL; burial in McCarty Cemetery, Wilcox County, AL


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=129252  [AotW citation 25609]