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Confederate (CSV)


Joseph A. Matthews

(? - 1865)

Home State: Mississippi

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted at Columbus, MS as a Private in Company K, 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion on 1 May 1862. He was appointed First Sergeant by June.

On the Campaign

He was later docked for the cost of a bayonet he lost in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

His Company (K) was converted to cavalry and attached as Company F to the 8th (Wade's) Confederate Cavalry (2d Regiment, Mississippi and Alabama Cavalry) in January 1863. He was elected 2nd Lieutenant of Company H on 20 or 22 April 1863. He was acting Adjutant of the regiment from October 1863 until promoted to Captain of his Company on 20 May 1864. He led his Company at least through December 1864, the latest record in his file, but was killed near Columbia, SC probably in February 1865.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Military Service Records,1 via fold3, filed under 48th Mississippi Infantry, as J.A. Matthews, and 2nd CS Cavalry, as Joseph A. Matthews. His death from Bryant & Fuller's Memorial Record of Alabama (Vol. 1, 1893).

More on the Web

Shortly after Sharpsburg he and others of his Company signed a petition recommending promotion for their Lieutenant Lipscomb.


1865; Columbia, SC


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 28991]