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Confederate (CSV)


Calvin Calhoun Nettles

(1838 - 1928)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He served in the Monroe Guards, a local militia company, in the Spring of 1861 then, after his wife and small children died in June, enlisted as Private, Company D (later C), 5th Alabama Infantry on 29 July 1861 at Bells Landing, Monroe County, AL. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was listed as missing in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862, but had been captured there.

The rest of the War

He was paroled and furloughed, dates not given. He was appointed First Corporal and was missing again (probably captured), at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. He was captured for the third time at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863, was a prisoner at Fort Delaware until October 1863, then was sent to Point Lookout, MD. He was paroled there on 14 February 1865 and he surrendered at Citronelle, AL on 4 May 1865.

After the War

He was a practicing dentist at Bells Landing to at least 1890 but in 1868 he filed for bankruptcy in Mobile. He was listed as a dentist in Mobile in 1910.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama.1 He's seen as missing on South Mountain in a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. Gettysburg and later information from the Buseys.2 Personal details from the Alabama Census of Confederate Veterans (1907), family genealogists, and the US Census for 1910. His residence in 1868 from U.S. District Courts, Bankruptcy Case Files (1867-) from the National Archives. His place of business in 1890 from Beecher's Dental Directory of the United States (1890). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Margaret S. McCants (1840-1861) in 1858 and they had 2 children; she and both children died in June 1861. He married again, Eliza/Elizabeth Jane Powe (1841-1895) in 1865 and they had 9 children.

Second born Lizzie (1868-1901) married Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (1860-1937) in 1886; their grandson (Calvin's great-grandson) is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (b. 1946), late US Senator and US Attorney General. Coincidentally, his mother is also a Powe. Family lore says he and his forebears were named for CSA President Jefferson Davis and Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard.


08/01/1838; Blacks Bluff (or Bend), Wilcox County, AL


05/14/1928; Mobile, AL; burial in Bells Landing Cemetery, Hybart, 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=147241, etc.  [AotW citation 25611]

2   Busey, John W., and Travis W. Busey, Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg: A Comprehensive Record, Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 2017, pg. 50  [AotW citation 25612]