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Confederate (CSV)


Jonathan J. Forsyth

(1834 - 1889)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 22nd Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as 2nd Sergeant, Company C, 22nd Georgia Infantry on 31 August 1861 at Camp McDonald, GA. He resigned his appointment as Sergeant on 6 March 1862 but was reappointed, as 5th Sergeant, on 20 April.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862:

Being in a lying posture, the minnie ball entered below the shoulder joint and passed through the scapula coming out near the spine and small of the back ... (my) arm rendered permanently and practically incompetent for the performance of the ordinary manual avocation of life.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital #3 in Richmond, VA on 3 October and was furloughed for 60 days on 14 November. He was back in a Richmond hospital in April 1863 and had been reduced in rank to Private. On 30 June, then serving as a nurse, he was detailed as a hospital guard and transferred to General Hospital #3 in Lynchburg, VA . On 15 April 1864 he was transferred as Landsman to the CS Navy, probably due to disability for further field service due to his Sharpsburg wound. He was surrendered on 26 April 1865 at Greensboro, NC aboard the CS Hampton.

After the War

He was a school teacher and farmer in Paulding County, GA.

References & notes

His service from Henderson's Roster 1 and his Compiled Service Record (CSR) at the US National Archives, online via fold3. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Personal details from family genealogists. The pointer to Forsyth and further details thanks to Barry Truluck from his research in a casualty list in the Richmond Enquirer of 17 October 1862, the US Census of 1850 - 1880, family genealogies, his Confederate pension application (source of the quote above), and the CSR.

He married Louise Elizabeth "Lou" Hagan/Hagin (1842-1932) in October 1858 and they had 11 children.


08/11/1834; Paulding County, GA


04/16/1889; Paulding County, GA; burial in Old High Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery, Paulding County, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964, Vol. II, pg. 950  [AotW citation 26086]