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Confederate (CSV)


John Fleming Christian

(1839 - 1895)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

About age 22, from Greensboro, he enlisted as First Sergeant, Company I (later D), 5th Alabama Infantry on 11 May 1861 at Sangster's Cross Roads. He was commissioned Brevet (Jr.) 2nd Lieutenant on 31 May. He resigned on 8 (or 17) October 1861, but probably resumed his non-commissioned service.

On the Campaign

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

References & notes

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

He married Ellen Harrison Bonsal (1843-1930) in September 1865 and they had a daughter Elizabeth.


1839 in AL


12/21/1895; Tuscaloosa, AL; burial in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro, 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=34199, etc.  [AotW citation 25618]