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Confederate (CSV)


John Riley O'Steen

(1824 - 1862)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 50th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 36 year old farmer in Clinch County, GA. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant of the local militia on 2 July 1861, and Captain on 10 August. He organized a company for Confederate service, the Clinch Invincibles, and was their Captain by February 1862. They enrolled 4 March 1862 at Thomasville, GA as Company G, 50th Georgia Infantry, and he was commissioned Captain.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862 and captured there.

The rest of the War

He died of wounds and/or typhoid fever in US Army General Hospital #1 at Frederick, MD on 23 September 1862. He was buried in Mt Olivet Cemetery there.

References & notes

His service information from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3, as John R Osteen. Death detail from the Patient List.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Elizabeth Jane James (1824-1885) in 1844 and they had 7 children.


1824; Ware County, GA


09/23/1862; Frederick, MD; burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 3062]

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 28726]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #9.576  [AotW citation 28727]