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Confederate (CSV)


Matthew M. Coleman

(1843 - 1862)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 38th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 16 year old farmer on his parents modest place at Swaynsboro (Swainsboro), GA; there were at least three other Coleman farms in the area. He enlisted and mustered on 1 October 1861 in Augusta, GA as a Private in Company C, 38th Georgia Infantry. He was promoted to First Corporal by February 1862 and to 3rd Sergeant to date from 1 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded and captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September and died the same day.

The rest of the War

He died at the "White House" field hospital on the Line farm at Sharpsburg at 19 years old, and was buried on the grounds there.

2nd Sgt. Joseph L Sherrod of Company H, 48th Georgia Infantry, acting as attorney for Matthew's father Elisha filed for his final pay in December 1862. The claim was probably finally paid in May 1864.

After the War

He was probably reinterred at Hagerstown in about 1874.

References & notes

Burial information from Pruett.1. His service from Henderson,2 as a Corporal, and his Compiled Service Records,3 online from fold3. Henderson also has him, as Mathew Coleman, in Company H, 48th Georgia Infantry, but there are no other records for him with that unit. Hospital detail from a list in the New York Times of 12 October 1862. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His memorial cenotaph in Swainsville, GA is on Findagrave; it has him as the Mathew in Company H of the 48th Georgia Infantry, probably in error.

His brother John C. Coleman was with Company H of the 48th Georgia at Sharpsburg.


01/12/1843; Emanuel County, GA


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 4618]

2   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 19566]

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 30018]