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Confederate (CSV)


James M. Goff

(c. 1830 - ?)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 30 year old mechanic in Grove Hill, Pickens County, AL. He enrolled there as First Lieutenant of Company A (later renamed I), 5th Alabama Infantry on 6 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded his Company in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and was wounded by a gunshot "severely in the thigh" at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was in a hospital in Richmond by 4 October and furloughed home on 10 October 1862. He was retired to the Invalid Corps at Grove Hill on 30 April 1864. He was captured and paroled on 22 April 1865 near Richmond, VA.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. His command on South Mountain and wound at Sharpsburg are in 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 Nancy A.E. Cobb in January 1855 and they had a son John (c. 1856).


c. 1830 in SC


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=72289  [AotW citation 25626]

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 28101]