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Confederate (CSV)


John James Elder

(1842 - 1921)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 17 year old on his parent's farm at Griffin, Spalding County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company I, 13th Georgia Infantry on 3 May 1862 in Griffin.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his left hip in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to the CSA General Hospital in Charlottesville, VA on 26 September and transferred to Lynchburg on the 29th. He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his left thigh, probably at Fredericksburg, VA on 29 April 1863. He was surrendered and paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer in his own right near other Elder farms at Griffin, GA. By 1920 he had retired and was living with his son James Edmond Elder (1874-1947) and his family, still in Griffin.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3, and from Henderson.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Francis Harp "Fannie" Hightower (1850-1927) in January 1867 and they had 4 children; two daughters died at ages 3 and 17, two sons lived into their 70s.


11/07/1842 in GA


08/22/1921; burial in County Line United Methodist Church Cemetery, Spalding County, 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 28434]

2   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 28435]