(c. 1839 - 1862)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 15th Virginia Infantry
A 22 year old farmer in Caroline County, he mustered as Private, Company E, 15th Virginia Infantry on 23 April 1861 in Richmond.
On the Campaign
He was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was originally buried in "Mrs. Lucker's barn field near an old well; [graves] have been plowed over." Later reinterred in Hagerstown, probably in 1874.
References & notes
Burial information from Pruett1. Service and other details from Louis H. Manarin's 15th Virginia Infantry (roster, 1990) via the Historical Data Systems database. Further details from Adam Zimmerli, whose research sources included 15th VA Infantry Rosters for Companies C and E at the Library of Virginia; NPS' Soldiers & Sailors Database; and Stotelmyer's Bivouacs of the Dead2. Adam also found his name listed as J.M. Leak.
c. 1839 in VA
09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD
1 Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010 [AotW citation 4470]
2 Stotelmyer, Steven R., The Bivouacs of the Dead: The story of those who died at Antietam and South Mountain, Baltimore: Toomey Press, 1992, pg. 84 [AotW citation 8844]