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Confederate (CSV)


John M. Williamson

(1840 - 1914)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 20 year old farmer at Grove Hill, Clarke County, AL. He enlisted there as a Private in Company A (renamed I), 5th Alabama Infantry on 16 March 1862.

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 officially declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was wounded by a gunshot to his leg at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and was furloughed home to at least October 1864. He was surrendered on 4 May 1865 and paroled at Selma, AL in June.

After the War

In 1870 he was a farmer and warehouse keeper in Nanafalia, Marengo, AL. By 1880 and to at least 1910 he was a store clerk and merchant at Lower Peach Tree in Wilcox County, AL.

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 1860-1910.

He married Fredonia McCaskey (1841-) in February 1861 and they had 9 children between January 1862 and 1880. He married again, Catherine Adella "Adell" Jeffrey (1850-1918) in October 1888 and they had a son.


01/07/1840; Wilcox County, AL


02/18/1914; in AL; burial in Lower Peach Tree Cemetery, Wilcox 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 28084]