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Confederate (CSV)


John Oliver Hawthorn

(c. 1834 - 1924)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 26 year old farmer on his father's place, he enlisted as Private, Company C (later H), 5th Alabama Infantry on 20 April 1861 at Pickensville. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his foot in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862, and was captured there.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 19 September and was transferred to Washington, DC, probably for later exchange, on 28 September 1862. He was appointed 5th Sergeant and was captured again, at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863. He was a prisoner until he was exchanged at Point Lookout, MD on 18 February 1865. He was paroled in May 1865.

After the War

By 1880 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer in Walnut, Benton County, Arkansas. He had finally retired there by 1920.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama,1 also as J.O. Hawthorne. His wounding on South Mountain is in a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 Further Gettysburg information from the Buseys.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1860-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Hanna Mariah Streeter (1846-1937) and they had 7 children between 1868 and 1888.


c. 1834 in SC


1924; burial in Bland Cemetery, Rogers, AR


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=86146, etc.  [AotW citation 25638]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #205  [AotW citation 25639]

3   Busey, John W., and Travis W. Busey, Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg: A Comprehensive Record, Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 2017, pg. 55  [AotW citation 25640]