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Confederate (CSV)


David H. Clay

(1841 - 1903)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 19 year old student living on his brother John's farm at Dawson in Terrell County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company H, 13th Georgia Infantry on 5 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot through his right shoulder and back in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was in a hospital in Winchester, VA by 2 October 1862. He was deemed disabled and by May 1863 and to November 1863 he was detailed to Macon, GA on conscript and recruiting duty. He was captured at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 12 May 1864 and was briefly held at Point Lookout, MD. He was sent to Elmira, NY on 3 July and was there until transferred to James River, VA for exchange on 2 March 1865. He was in a hospital in Richmond, VA by 7 March and furloughed for 30 days on 8 March 1865.

After the War

By 1880 and to at least 1900 he was a farmer at Pine Hill, Decatur County, GA.

References & notes

His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3, with details from his 1901 pension application, online from the Georgia Archives. Sharpsburg wound and Winchester hospital details in a letter from Winchester of 2 October published in the Augusta Weekly Constitutionalist of 22 October 1862; thanks to Laura Elliott. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880, and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


04/01/1841; Wilkinson County, GA


12/16/1903; Decatur County, GA; burial in Lane Cemetery, Decatur County, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 28390]

2   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 28391]