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Confederate (CSV)


Calvin Thames

(1836 - 1919)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

From Fayetteville, NC, he was an apprentice carriage maker in Alabama at the start of the war. He enlisted as a Private in Company B (later renamed G), 5th Alabama Infantry on 15 April 1861 at Livingston, AL.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862 (or at Hagerstown, MD on 15 September).

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 exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. He was captured at Petersburg, VA on 2 April 1862 and a prisoner at Point Lookout, MD to 21 June 1865, when he was released after taking an oath of allegiance.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a farmer in Rockfish Township, Cumberland County, NC, but by 1900 and to his death he was a house painter there.

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 1860-1920(!). His memorial is on Findagrave.

He married Ferebee/Feraby/Ferreba Ann Pate (1846-1915) in November 1865 in Cumberland County, NC and they had 7 children.


05/13/1836 in NC


12/23/1919; Rockfish, Cumberland County, NC


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 28055]