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Confederate (CSV)


Ferdinand Finklea


(c. 1838 - 1865)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 22 year old overseer on James Packer's large place at Burnt Corn in Monroe County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company D (later renamed C), 5th Alabama Infantry on 29 July 1861 at Bell's Landing, 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 until paroled on 2 October, then sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was declared exchanged to return to duty on 10 November 1862. He was wounded by a gunshot to his right forearm/wrist and captured, again, at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863, was treated in Lincoln General Hospital in Washington, DC, and was paroled at the Old Capitol Prison on 10 June 1863. He was then in hospitals in Petersburg and Williamsburg, VA, and returned to duty on 25 August 1863. He was admitted to Howard's Grove hospital in Richmond on 26 March 1865, complaint not noted, and died there on the 31st.

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.


c. 1838; Monroe County, AL


03/31/1865; Richmond, VA; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, 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 28019]