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Confederate (CSV)


James E. Black

(? - 1862)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

From Goochland County, he mustered as Private, Company F, 23rd Virginia Infantry on 20 May 1861 in Manakin, VA. He was promoted to 3rd Sergeant on 1 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded and captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was paroled at Sharpsburg on 27 September but died of wounds in a US Army filed hospital on the Elias Grove farm near Sharpsburg in October 1862. He was originally buried "On Ben, Grave's [Grove's?] farm in first field on right hand side of Shepherdstown road ... the farm did belong to J. H. Grove", near the battlefield at Sharpsburg. Probably reinterred at Hagerstown in about 1874.

References & notes

Burial information from Pruett,1 who has him as Pvt. John E. Black. Service and other details from Rankin2 and his Compiled Service Records.3 His memorial is on Findagrave.


Date not known; Goochland County, VA


10/1862; 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 4564]

2   Rankin, Thomas M., 23rd Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1985  [AotW citation 27949]

3   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 27950]