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Confederate (CSV)


John Randolph Colgin

(1835 - 1910)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 23 year old overseer near Belmont in Sumter County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company F (later renamed E), 5th Alabama Infantry on 26 April 1861 at Livingston in Sumter County. He was promoted to 3rd Sergeant, probably in 1862.

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 a prisoner at Fort Delaware until 2 October when he was sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was declared officially exchanged and eligible to return to duty on 10 November 1862. He was wounded in the left hand and eye and captured again, at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863, paroled at a US Army hospital in Baltimore on 25 September 1863, and sent to City Point, VA for exchange. He was in hospitals as a patient or attendant for much of 1864 and was in a hospital in Richmond, VA when he was captured on 3 April 1865. He was paroled there on the 18th but still in a hospital to at least 28 May.

After the War

In 1870 he was working for a turpentine manufacturer at Baldwin, AL. By 1880 and to his death in 1910 he was a farmer in Monroe County, AL.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1910.

He married Charity Ann Wood (1840-1912) in May 1873 and they had 2 children.


09/281835; Sumter County, AL


06/09/1910; Burnt Corn, AL; burial in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery, Monroe County, 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 28037]