(1841 - 1863)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry
In 1860 he was an 18 year old student on his parent's large farm near Olney 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 declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was wounded by a gunshot to his testicle at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863, but was back with his Company on 23 June. He was wounded again, mortally, by a gunshot to his right hip at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863, and died in Howard's Grove Hospital in Richmond, VA on 2 November 1863.
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.
His memorial is on Findagrave.
He married Emma Julia Wells (1855-1908) in January 1875 and they had 7 children.
07/24/1841; Pickens County, AL
11/02/1863; Richmond, VA; burial in Unity Cemetery, Pickens 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 28072]