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Confederate (CSV)


John W. Snow

(c. 1837 - ?)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Grimes' Portsmouth (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as a Private in the Portsmouth Light Artillery on 20 April 1861 at Portsmouth.

On the Campaign

He was with the Battery in Maryland where their Captain Cary Grimes was killed.

Soon after we were ordered to retreat to the Virginia side of the Potomac; we then disinterred the [Captain's] body [from the battlefield], put it in an ambulance in charge of Keith Parker and John W. Snow, who brought it over the river and buried it on the farm of Mr. Levi Mohler, the father of Mrs. Arthur Wilson, of this city [Richmond, VA].

The rest of the War

After the battery was disbanded in October 1862 he was transferred to Captain Moorman's Lynchburg Artillery. He was with the battery to about February 1865, when he was listed among Confederate deserters held by the Federal Provost Marshal at Suffolk, VA.

References & notes

Service and other details from Crew & Trask1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. The quote above from Lt John H Thompson in a history of the Battery he delivered in Richmond in 1906, published in the SHSP;3 it's online from the Perseus Project. Thanks to Will Kiger for the pointer to that. Personal details from the US Census of 1860.


c. 1837 in VA


1   Crew, R. Thomas, and Benjamin H. Trask, Grimes' Battery, Grandy's Battery & Huger's Battery Virginia Artillery, Lynchburg: H.E. Howard Inc., 1995  [AotW citation 27960]

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 27961]

3   Southern Historical Society, and Rev. John William Jones, Robert Alonzo Brock, James Power Smith, editors, Southern Historical Society Papers, 52 Vols., Richmond: Southern Historical Society, 1876-1959, Vol. 34, pg. 153  [AotW citation 27962]