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Confederate (CSV)


James Leonidas Waller

(1842 - 1862)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Palmetto (SC) Light Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

Raised on his family's large plantation near Greenwood, SC, he was about 20 when he enlisted as a Private in Captain Garden's Palmetto Light Artillery on 1 June 1862 in Columbia, SC.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by the explosion of a shell at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He died of wounds and typhoid fever in Winchester, VA on 12 October 1862.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records, online from fold3, with details from his brother Creswell's bio sketch in the History.1 Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his middle name as Leonard. His memorial is on Findagrave.

His brother Captain Robert A. Waller was killed at Sharpsburg while commanding the 8th Florida Infantry, and brother Creswell A.C. Waller was a Private in the 2nd South Carolina Infantry at Sharpsburg.

More on the Web

He was the model for a marble Confederate memorial statue in Greenwood, paid for by his brother C.A.C. Waller, according to the Greenwood Index-Journal of 6 April 1941, online from


1842; Greenwood, SC


10/12/1862; Winchester, VA


1   Evans, Clement Anselm, editor, Confederate Military History, 12 Volumes, Atlanta: The Confederate Publishing Company, 1899, Vol. 5, pg. 894  [AotW citation 26248]