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Confederate (CSV)


James William Means

(1835 - 1917)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 24 year old school teacher at Zebulon in Pike County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 13th Georgia Infantry on 8 July 1861 at Griffin, GA. He was elected Corporal on 1 January 1862 and promoted to Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

He slightly wounded in the hip in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated for a gunshot at a hospital in Richmond from 26 September to 10 October, then furloughed to February 1863 and in a Richmond Hospital in May and June 1863, still recovering from his Sharpsburg wound. He was captured at Spotsylvania, VA on 12 May 1864. He was held at Fort Delaware until paroled for exchange in February 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was a farmer in Pike County. In 1880 he was a warehouse man in Barnesville, GA but by 1900 and to at least 1910 he was County Ordinary (administrative judge/court officer) in Zebulon. Zebulon, Barnesville, and the Meansville Crossroads are near each other in Pike County, GA.

References & notes

His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3, both as J.W. Means. Sharpsburg wound detail from a casualty list in the Savannah Weekly Republican of 4 October 1862. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Eliza Julietta Shehee (1845-1923) in November 1866 and they had 7 children.


05/29/1835; Meansville, GA


03/19/1917; Zebulon, GA; burial in Zebulon/Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery, Zebulon, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 27702]

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 27703]