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Confederate (CSV)


James Pinkney Cowan

(1840 - 1863)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

From Rowan County, he enlisted as a Private in Company B, 4th North Carolina Infantry on 25 April 1861 at Statesville. He was promoted to 5th Sergeant on 2 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was captured at Fredrick, MD on 12 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was briefly at a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD, then a prisoner to Fort Delaware by about 18 September. He was paroled and sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange on 2 October and was in a hospital in Richmond, VA and furloughed on the 22nd. He was promoted to First Sergeant on 31 October and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in December 1862, but he was killed on 3 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3, and the Roster.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1850.


10/07/1840; Rowan County, NC


05/03/1863; Chancellorsville, VA


1   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 27514]

2   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 27515]