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Confederate (CSV)


James Ford Harbin

(1836 - 1870)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 25 year old apprentice wheelwright with the Abraham Frisby Silliman family at Pittsville in Fort Bend County, TX. He enlisted as a Private in Company C of the 4th North Carolina Infantry on 26 February 1862 at Statesville.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the cheek or jaw in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and captured there.

The rest of the War

He was paroled at Sharpsburg on 28 September, was in Leesburg, VA on 2 October, and was at Fort McHenry in Baltimore by 14 October when he was sent on to Aikens Landing, VA for exchange. He was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital #4 in Richmond, VA on 23 October, officially exchanged on 10 November, and furloughed home for 33 days on 11 November 1862.

He was wounded again, at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and his right arm was amputated. He was afterward in hospitals and on furlough until retired to the Invalid Corps at Raleigh, NC on 12 December 1864.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3, and the Roster.2 Amputation detail from the MSHWR.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

His Sharpsburg parole document is in the John L. Nau III Civil War History collection in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia [finding aid].


10/16/1836; Iredell County, NC


10/14/1870; Harris County, TX; burial in Brookside Memorial Park, Houston, TX


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 27575]

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 27576]

3   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 2, pg. 804  [AotW citation 27577]