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Confederate (CSV)


Joshua Taylor Kirby

(1840 - 1910)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 21 year old worker on his parent's small farm at Ivy Bluff in Morgan County, AL. On 8 July 1861 he enlisted as a Private in Company H, 12th Alabama Infantry in Decatur, Al. He was discharged for disability in Richmond, VA on 21 November 1861. He then enlisted at Columbus, MS as a Private in Company K, 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion on 1 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

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 with them to at least June 1863. He reenlisted in Company L in February 1864 and served to the end of the war.

After the War

By 1880 he was a farmer in Morgan County, AL. By 1910 he was retired and lived in Hartselle, AL.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Military Service Records,1 via fold3, filed under the 12th Alabama, as Joshua Kirby, and 48th Mississippi Infantry, as J.T. Kirby, and the 2nd Confederate Cavalry. His presence at Sharpsburg from a petition he and others of his Company signed on behalf of Lieutenant Thomas Lipscomb. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, 1880, and 1910, and the 1907 Alabama Census of Confederate Veterans. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sarah Deliah Hokett (1849-1905) and they had 7 children between 1865 and 1879.


04/08/1840; Oakville, AL


05/13/1910; Hartselle, AL; burial in Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Decatur, 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 29010]