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Confederate (CSV)


James W. Lancaster

(c. 1839 - ?)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 21 year old student in Grove Hill, Clarke County, AL. He enlisted there as a Private in Company A (later renamed I), 5th Alabama Infantry on 6 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in both legs and captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort McHenry in Baltimore to 20 October, then sent to Fortress Monroe, VA for exchange. He was in a hospital in Richmond by 23 October and furloughed home on 17 November 1862 for 30 days. He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his shoulder and captured at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863, briefly a prisoner in Washington, DC, then transferred to City Point, VA for exchange on 10 May 1863. He was wounded yet again, by a gunshot to his left arm at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863 and furloughed home for 30 days on 12 August 1863. He was captured for the third time, on 2 April 1865 at Petersburg, VA and was a prisoner at Point Lookout, MD until released on 14 June 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance.

After the War

In 1870 he was a farmer at Chilton in Clarke County, but by 1880 he was farming in Fannin County, TX.

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 1860-1880.

He married Martha A. Hare (1846-) in December 1867 and they had 6 children by 1879.


c. 1839; Marengo 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 28103]