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Confederate (CSV)


Warren DeCosta Jackson

(1838 - 1913)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 24 year old blacksmith in Clayton, Barbour County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company K (later renamed A), 5th Alabama Infantry on 15 May 1861 at Clayton, AL.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on South Mountain on 14 September. He later described his wounds: gunshot breaking bones of right hand; gunshot in left shoulder, breaking bones and part of them taken away; left elbow wounded, breaking or fracturing bone; shell exploded and piece of it striking right hip, fracturing the bone; also gunshot in left thigh, ball still there [1899]; piece of shell cut muscle of right thigh. He was captured at Boonesboro on 4 October 1862.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort McHenry, MD until exchanged at City Point, VA on 10 December 1862. He mustered with his Regiment until 30 June 1864, having "Retired from C.S. service April 18, 1864. by order of Genl. Lee."

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a farmer in Walton County, FL. In 1900 he was again a blacksmith, at Ponce de Leon in Holmes County but by 1910 he had retired and was living with his oldest child, daughter Martha Virginia, and her family there.

References & notes

Pruett1 has him killed in Maryland and buried "in Mrs. Hoffman's barn field near Boonsboro, 150 yards N. W. of the barn". Thanks to great grandson Thurman (Buddy) Jackson who provided details from the following post-War references: (1) A letter to the Comptroller, State of Florida from the US War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, DC (possibly in response to a pension query), (2) his Certificate of Disability from the Medical Examining Board, Eufala, Alabama dated 20 October 1864 [online copy from the Alabama Archives], and (3) his 1899 Florida Pension application (approved #10805-A). Service basics from his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Further personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his birthdate as 28 May 1837, and from the US Census of 1860-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Alice Hinson (1837-1907) in November 1856 and they had 12 children by 1874.


05/05/1838; Clayton, AL


09/26/1913; Ponce de Leon, FL; burial in Old Ponce de Leon Cemetery, Ponce de Leon, FL


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 4756]

2   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 27975]