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Confederate (CSV)


John Gray Blount Grimes

(1834 - 1909)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 26 year old farmer in Pitt County, NC. He enrolled as Captain and Assistant Quartermaster (AQM) of the 4th North Carolina Infantry on 18 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was captured on South Mountain in Maryland on 15 September 1862 - the day following the regiment's fight at Fox's Gap. The Federal POW Roll says he was captured on 13 September.

The rest of the War

He was a prisoner at Fort Delaware then paroled and sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange on 2 October, and declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was paroled at Greensboro, NC on 2 May 1865, listed as detailed to the Commissary Department.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a substantial farmer at Pactolus in Pitt County, NC, but in 1900 he was a farm worker in Raleigh, NC.

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 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900; he's also seen as John Grey Blount Grimes. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He was named for his maternal grandfather. He married Helen Manly (1835-1921) in December 1855 and they had 3 daughters.

He was half-brother to regimental commander Bryan Grimes.


01/01/1834; Pitt County, NC


05/18/1909; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC


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 27553]

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 27554]