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Confederate (CSV)


Glenn Otis Colwell

(1831 - 1864)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 53rd Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 29 year old farmer, in the first year at his new place near Griffin in Spalding County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 53rd Georgia Infantry on 28 April 1862 at Griffin.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862, probably when he was left behind to care for the wounded.

The rest of the War

He was paroled on 27 September and was a nurse at US Army General Hospital #5 in Frederick, MD on 15 and 16 October, but was sent on to Fort McHenry in Baltimore then, on the 18th, to Fortress Monroe, VA for exchange. He was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital #4 in Richmond, VA on 24 October and returned to duty on 10 March 1863.

He died of pneumonia in the CS General Hospital #2 in Lynchburg, VA on 6 May 1864.

References & notes

His service from the Roster 1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online via fold3. Frederick detail also in the Patient List,3 which has him as G.O. Calwell. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, as Glen O. Caldwell. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as is his memorial in Griffin, GA.

He married Mary Ann Polly McKneely (1836-1921) and they had 6 children between 1853 and 1863.

His younger brother James B Colwell, also a Private in Company A, was mortally wounded at Sharpsburg. Glenn may have been with him at his death. Another brother, Robert B. Colwell (1834-1909), was in the same Company, but was not in Maryland in 1862.


1831; Spalding County, GA


05/06/1864; Lynchburg, VA; burial in Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 27388]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27389]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #1.075  [AotW citation 27390]