(1840 - 1924)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 26th Georgia Infantry
His mother died in 1849 and his father in 1853. In 1860 he was a 20 year old farmer living with at least 3 of his younger siblings at Blackshear in Pierce County, GA. He enlisted at Brunswick, GA as a Private in the Wiregrass Minutemen, Company L (originally M), of the 13th Georgia Infantry on 16 August 1861. The regiment was reorganized as the 26th Georgia Infantry on 10 May 1862, and he was appointed 3rd Sergeant of the renamed Company E on that date.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in the head, right hip, and left hand (losing three fingers) in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and captured there.
The rest of the War
He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #5 in Frederick, MD on 22 October and sent on to Fort McHenry in Baltimore for exchange on 25 October 1862. He was paroled there and sent to Aikens Landing, VA the same date and was in a Richmond, VA hospital by 31 October 1862. He returned to duty, date not given.
He was surrendered and paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.
After the War
By 1880 he was farming back in Pierce County, GA, then with 8 children at home. In 1900 and to at least 1910 he was still a farmer in Blackshear.
References & notes
His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Record,2 online via fold3. Hospital detail from the Patient List,3 as a Corporal. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880, 1900, and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave; a Cornelius Jones (relation?) obtained a headstone for him from the US War Department in April 1932. Thanks to great-grandson Henry W Jones for the pointer to the Sergeant.
He married Nancy Crews (1847-1890) in January 1866 and they had 15 children by 1887; at least 6 died young. He married again, Susannah A Summerall (1851-1917) in December 1892.
His brother Jesse was also wounded in action at Sharpsburg.
03/25/1840; Brantley, GA
05/23/1924; Pierce County, GA; burial in High Bluff Cemetery, Hoboken, GA
1 Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964, Vol. 3, pg. 268 [AotW citation 29856]
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 29858]
3 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #1.198 [AotW citation 29859]