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Confederate (CSV)


James Sanford Shaw

(c. 1833 - ?)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 27 year old carpenter in Talladega, AL. He enlisted there as a Corporal in Company E (later renamed B), 5th Alabama Infantry on 15 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

By May 1863 he had been promoted to 2nd Sergeant, was captured at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May, briefly a prisoner in Washington, DC, then sent to City Point, VA for exchange on 10 May. He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his left leg at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863 and captured there. His leg was amputated at the thigh and he was in hospitals near the battlefield to 15 October 1863, then in US Army's West's Buildings Hospital in Baltimore. He was transferred to City Point for exchange on 12 November 1863. He was furloughed home in December 1863 and retired on a medical certificate by October 1864. He was paroled at Talladega, AL on 22 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.


c. 1833 in GA


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 28095]