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Confederate (CSV)


James L. McClanahan

(1839 - 1914)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 33rd Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was 20 years old and lived with 5 grown siblings and his widowed mother in The Plains, Fauquier County, VA. He enlisted as a Private in Company C, 33rd Virginia Infantry on 5 April 1862 at Camp Strickler near New Market, VA, and transferred to Company B on 1 May.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was absent, recovering, through at least December 1862, but returned to duty in 1863. He was with his Company to at least April 1864, the latest record in his military file.

After the War

By 1880 he was farming in Terra Alta, Preston County, WV. In 1900 he was a farmer in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, VA, and had retired there by 1910, living with daughter Effie and her family.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3, also as James E. McClanahan. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880, 1900, and 1910; he's also seen as James Elanson McClanahan and James Lantz McClanahan. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Margaret Esther Rigg (1842-1906) and they had 6 children.


11/01/1839 in VA


03/1914; burial in Bowman - Wright Cemetery, Maurertown, VA


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 28323]