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Confederate (CSV)


Riley Davidson

(c. 1842 - 1863)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was an 18 year old farmer on his father's place in western Milam County, TX in 1860. On 15 July 1861 he enlisted in Robertson County as a Private in Company C, 4th Texas Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and was mortally wounded in the thigh, the bone broken, and was "left on the field" and captured at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #4 in Frederick, MD on 3 October and sent to USA GH#1 on 15 January 1863. He died there of his wounds on 3 February 1863. He was originally buried in "Area M, hospital cemetery" at Mt. Olivet in Frederick and may have been reinterred to Rose Hill in Hagerstown about 1874.

References & notes

Hagerstown burial information from Pruett.1 Wound details from the Patient List.2 Rev. Davis3 says he was killed outright at Sharpsburg. Service and hospital details from his Compiled Service Records,4 via fold3. Personal details from the US Census for 1860. There are a pair of stones for him at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, so he may still be there.


c. 1842 in AL


02/03/1863; Frederick, 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 4479]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #747  [AotW citation 24727]

3   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 152-153  [AotW citation 1707]

4   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 26629]