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Confederate (CSV)


John L. Gates

(1841 - 1866)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was an 18 year old farmer on his family's place at Pickensville, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company C, 5th Alabama Infantry on 20 April 1861 in Pickensville.

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, briefly a prisoner in Washington, DC, then sent to City Point, VA for exchange on 10 May 1863. He was wounded by a gunshot to his left thigh and captured at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863 and held at the DeCamp hospital in New York Harbor. He was paroled there on 24 August 1863 and was furloughed home from a hospital in Williamsburg, VA on 4 September. He returned to duty in February 1864 but was probably wounded again in May 1864 and home on wounded furlough to at least October 1864. He was surrendered and paroled in Mississippi in May 1865.

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.


12/20/1841 in AL


09/29/1866; in AL; burial in Hanks Cemetery, Archer, 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 28069]