(c. 1839 - 1863)
Home State: North Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
In 1860 he was a 19 year old farmer on his parent's place in Morrisons District, Iredell County, NC. He enlisted as a Private in Company H of the 4th North Carolina Infantry on 1 March 1862 at Williamsburg, NC.
On the Campaign
He was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was briefly a prisoner at Fort Delaware until sent to Aiken's Landing, VA on 2 October for exchange. He was formally exchanged on 10 November. He was killed at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. His father Amos filed a claim for his final pay in August 1863.
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.
There was another James Dobson (1816-1862) in Company H - he died of lung disease on 3 July 1862 and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA. The two Dobsons are seen in some military records as "Jr" and "Sr", but were not father and son to each other.
c. 1839 in 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 27612]
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 27613]