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M.L. Stinson

M.L. Stinson

Confederate (CSV)


Micajah Lewis Stinson

(1838 - 1905)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

About age 23, he enlisted at Union Springs as a Private in Company D, 3rd Alabama Infantry on 26 April 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was captured on 4 July 1863 on South Mountain, MD on the return from Gettysburg, PA, where he'd been wounded by a gunshot to the left hip. He was in a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD, sent to Baltimore on 23 August and paroled, then on to City Point, VA for exchange the next day. He was treated at hospitals in Williamsburg and Farmville, VA and sent on to Camp Lee in Richmond on 9 September 1863 as a paroled prisoner. He returned to duty and was wounded again by a gunshot on 4 July 1864 at Harpers Ferry, VA. He was furloughed home to Union Springs from a hospital in Staunton, VA on 22 July 1864, and his furlough was extended on 20 September and again on 19 October by a medical board at Dalton, GA.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a farmer at Ridgeley, Bullock County, AL. He was also a surveyor, blacksmith, and inventor, having designed a plow that would cut two rows at the same time (1868). In 1900 he was a farmer and civil engineer in Bartholomew Township, Drew County, Arkansas.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama1 and his Compiled Service Record (CSR) at the US National Archives via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, especially Eugene Elam Skinner in The ancestry of Carolyn Gail Skinner (1950), and the US Census of 1870-1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from fuzzy photograph contributed by Stanley A. Hutson. Thanks to Booth Malone [his 3rd Alabama Infantry Regiment blog] for his research putting Stinson at Turner's Gap.

He married Eliza Turquand Bickley (1839-1906) in April 1858 and they had 14 children; half of them lived to adulthood.


05/04/1838; Macon (now Bullock) County, AL


11/19/1905; Jefferson County, AR; burial in Old Troy Cemetery, Collins, AR


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: /soldier.cfm?id=194781  [AotW citation 26052]