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Confederate (CSV)


Daniel Wood Thompson

(1842 - 1923)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Son of a blacksmith, in 1860 he was an 18 year old farm worker living with his parents and siblings near Clay Hill in Marengo County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company A (later renamed I), 5th Alabama Infantry on 16 March 1862 at Grove Hill in Clarke County, AL.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware to 2 October when he was sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was in a hospital in Richmond from 6 to 15 October and was declared officially exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was captured again, at Chancellorsville, VA on 4 May, paroled the next day, and exchanged at City Point, VA on 10 May. He was captured for the third time, at Winchester, VA on 19 September 1864. He was held at Point Lookout, MD until exchanged at Aiken's Landing on 15 March 1865.

After the War

By 1880 he was a wheelwright in Lauderdale County, MS. In 1900 he was working at a sawmill in Thomville in Sumter County, AL and in 1910 was overseer on a farm at Cuba, AL. By 1920 he'd retired and was living in Cuba with his son Ben and family.

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, 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Fannie Eleanor Smith (1854-1913) in January 1872 and they had 3 sons and a daughter.


11/18/1842; Marengo County, AL


04/20/1923; Sumter County, AL; burial in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Lauderdale County, MS


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 28000]