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Confederate (CSV)


Philip P. May

(1828 - ?)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a successful 32 year old farmer near Livingston in Sumter County, AL. He enlisted there as a Private in Company F (later renamed E) of the 5th Alabama Infantry on 26 April 1861, was promoted to Corporal by December 1861, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant by April 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was captured at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and paroled soon after. He was acting Quartermaster of the regiment by November 1863 and was captured again, at Petersburg, VA on 2 April 1865, and held at Johnson's Island, OH until released on 19 June 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance.

After the War

In 1900 he was retired, a widower, and living with his sister Martha in Livingston, AL.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. His command 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 of 1860.

He married Jane Tindale (1829-) in December 1851 and they had 6 children by 1859.


05/1828; Greene 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=127932, etc.  [AotW citation 25619]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 28039]