(1829 - 1863)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry
In 1860 he was a 28 year old farmer on his family's place with 6 siblings near Grove Hill in Clarke County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company A (later renamed I), 5th Alabama Infantry on 2 August 1861 at Grove Hill.
On the Campaign
He was wounded by a gunshot in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was admitted to a hospital in Richmond, VA on 25 September and furloughed on 1 October 1862. He was captured near Gettysburg, PA on 30 June 1863. There is no later military record.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
His older brother James Alexander Finley (b. 1820) was also in Company I. He died of a fever at Petersburg, VA on 21 June 1864.
01/01/1829; Clarke County, AL
1863; burial in Henley Cemetery Fulton, AL
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 27993]