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Confederate (CSV)


Martin Frederick Wakefield

(c. 1836 - 1905)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 24 year old clerk in Pickensville in Pickens County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company C (later renamed H), 5th Alabama Infantry on 20 April 1861 in Pickensville. He was appointed First (Orderly) Sergeant by February 1862 and was wounded at Seven Pines, VA about 1 June.

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 exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was captured again, at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and exchanged on 10 May at City Point, VA. He was wounded at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 19 May 1864 and in Richmond, VA hospitals to at least December 1864, the latest record in his military file.

After the War

He was an organizing member of the Mississippi State Medical association (1866-67) and in 1880 he was a practicing physician at Crawford in Lowndes County, MS. He practiced at Frost, TX, and was an officer of the camp of the United Confederate Veterans there by 1894. He died in the Confederate Home in Austin, TX "from wounds received during the war" at age 68.

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, the US Census of 1860-1900, the Confederate Veteran,2 and a death notice in the Davis (OK) News of 22 June 1905. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Alice Rives (1850-1918) in Mississippi in March 1869 and they had 3 children.


c. 1836; Abbeville District, SC


06/15/1905; Austin, TX; burial in Texas State Cemetery, Austin, TX


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 28061]

2   United Confederate Veterans, and United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate Veteran Magazine (1893-1932), 1893-01-00, Vol. II, No. 3 (March 1894), pg. 89  [AotW citation 28062]