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Confederate (CSV)


Joseph Jolly Morehead

(1840 - 1919)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 19 year old farmer on his parent's place at Yorkville in Pickens County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company C (later renamed H), 5th Alabama Infantry on 20 April 1861 in Pickensville.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain (or at Middletown, MD) 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 furloughed from a Richmond, VA hospital for 30 days on 23 October and was declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was wounded by a gunshot to his left calf at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his right leg, at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863, and was in Virginia hospitals or home on furlough due to these wounds to at least November 1864. He was surrendered and paroled at Howard's Grove Hospital in Richmond, VA on 18 April 1865.

After the War

By 1880 he was an overseer and agent in Monroe County, MS. In 1900 he was a farmer in Noxubee County, MS and was a merchant in Columbus, Lowndes County, MS by 1910.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 also as J.J. Moorhead, online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Emma Julia Wells (1855-1908) in January 1875 and they had 7 children.


08/27/1840; Pickensville, AL


01/16/1919; Lowndes County, MS; burial in Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, MS


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 28071]