Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry
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 and eligible to return to duty on 10 November 1862, but may heave been on wounded furlough to as late as April 1863. He was captured again, at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863, held at Fort Delaware until 22 October 1863, then sent to Point Lookout, MD. He was transferred to the post hospital, Hammond General, in November 1864 with 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.
There was another John Watson (no middle name) in Company C.
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 28026]