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Confederate (CSV)


R. B. Hightower

(c. 1843 - 1862)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 10th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Age 18, from Jonesboro in Clayton County, he enlisted there as Private, Company E, 10th Georgia Infantry on 20 May 1861. He was wounded in the leg in July 1862 and furloughed home for 25 days on the 8th, after receiving a $50 bounty for reenlisting.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was probably buried on the George Burgan Farm on the battlefield on 18 September. He was probably reinterred at Hagerstown in about 1874.

References & notes

Burial information from Pruett,1 who says Hightower was originally buried on Lavinia Grove's Farm. His service from his Compiled Service Records, online from fold3.

More on the Web

Jim Buchanan notes that ...

On Thursday, September 18, 1862 Captain Philologus Loud of the 10th Georgia took advantage of an informal truce and "buried 15 of our regiment in graves side by side." Years later he would recall in a letter to Ezra A. Carman how he "cut their names Regt and co[mpany] on their head boards up to a tree near the fence... I wrote their names Regiment and Co in pencil, the best I could do for them."
Hightower was one of those burials. See more about this on Jim's post on Walking the West Woods.


c. 1843


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 4737]