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Confederate (CSV)


John William Avery

(1831 - 1892)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He mustered as First Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 5th South Carolina Infantry on 13 April 1861 in Columbia and was at Sullivan's Island, SC. He then enrolled as First Lieutenant, Company F, 17th South Carolina Infantry on 27 November 1861 in Columbia, SC. He was promoted to Captain on 1 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Turner's Gap on South Mountain, MD on 14 September and slightly wounded at Sharpsburg on 16 September 1862 with no later military record.

The rest of the War

He was on a furlough in November and December 1863 and was afterward "acting Major." He was on "special furlough" for 20 days in February 1864 and was in a hospital by 8 July with a wound and fever. and was promoted to Major of the regiment on 26 September (to date from 29 August) 1864. He was wounded in his left foot at Appomattox, VA on 9 April 1865, was in a Federal field hospital on 11 April, and sent on to a general hospital on the 13th.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records, with his presence at "Boonsboro" and Sharpsburg wound from Colonel McMaster's list for the 17th South Carolina (Confederate States Army Casualty Lists and Narrative Reports, RG 109, NARA), as J.W. Avery, both online from fold3. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


06/29/1831 in SC


05/09/1892; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA