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Confederate (CSV)


Henry Jonathan Coleman, Jr.

(1831 - 1874)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Son of a successful planter in the Fairfield District, he enlisted as Private, Company G (later B), 17th South Carolina Infantry on 14 December 1861 at Camp Hampton near Columbia, SC.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Boonsboro (Turner's Gap) on South Mountain, MD on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was in a hospital in Richmond, VA from 28 September to 28 November, then home on wounded furlough to at least February 1863. Except for a period of illness in August 1864 he was with his Company for the rest of the war until captured near Petersburg, VA on 25 March 1865. He was then a prisoner at Point Lookout, MD until 26 June 1865.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records with his presence at "Boonsboro" from Colonel McMaster's list for the 17th South Carolina (Confederate States Army Casualty Lists and Narrative Reports, RG 109, NARA); online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

At least 7 of Henry's brothers were in Company B:
-- William Calhoun Preston Coleman (b. 1834) was the original Captain; he was mortally wounded at 2nd Manassas on 30 August 1862 and died at home on 31 January 1863.
-- Private Jacob Feaster Coleman (b. 1824) died of disease in Wilmington, NC on 19 May 1864.
-- Private Allan Griffin Coleman (b. 1835) was killed by a sharpshooter in the trenches of Petersburg, VA on 8 July 1864.
-- First Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Coleman (b. 1837) died on 28 October 1862 in Winchester, VA, cause unknown.
-- Private Hiram S (or Lee) Coleman (b. 1840) was discharged for lung disease in April 1864.
-- Sergeant Robert William Coleman (1822-1873) was a medical doctor.
-- Baby brother George Washington Coleman (1844-1931) was a Sergeant in Company B by the end of the war.

Henry married Harriet Elizabeth Porter (1846-1920) in September 1866 and they had 6 children including Henry Jonathan Coleman III (1874-1944), who in turn had an HJC IV (1913-1997).


05/13/1831; Fairfield District, SC


05/04/1874; Fairfield District, SC; burial in Feaster Cemetery, Feasterville, SC