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Confederate (CSV)

Sergeant

Gordon Sharpe

(c. 1839 - ?)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Age 22, he enlisted in Mobile as Private, Company B, 3rd Alabama Infantry in April 1861, and was appointed 2nd Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Turner's Gap on South Mountain on the 14th and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862. Afterward he wrote:

Of the men who entered the fight [at Sharpsburg] only four of us remain, and when we retreated two days afterwards across the Potomac, we had but one sergeant - your humble servant - and no commissioned officer present.

References & notes

His service from the Alabama Archives,1 with details from additional research by artist and author of an upcoming novel of the Third Alabama, Booth Malone [his 3rd Alabama Infantry Regiment blog]. He's the source also of the quote above, from Sharpe's letter of 20 September 1862 published in a Mobile newspaper.

Birth

c. 1839

Notes

1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/index.cfm>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=181212  [AotW citation 25975]