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Confederate (CSV)


Obediah Johns

(c. 1842 - ?)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was an 18 year old blacksmith living with blacksmith James Yarbrough and family near Ramah in Montgomery County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 5th Alabama Infantry on 20 April 1861 (or 1 March 1862). He was promoted to Color Corporal, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot and captured in action ear Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 18 October 1862 and transferred to Ft. McHenry in Baltimore on 20 October. He was exchanged at Aiken's Landing, VA on 25 October, admitted to CSA General Hospital #9 in Richmond, VA, transferred to GH #25 on 29 October, and furloughed on 7 November 1862. He was discharged at Guinea Station, VA on 20 April 1863 for his wounds, which had "impaired the usefulness of both arms."

References & notes

He was thought to have died of wounds and been buried "in Mrs. Hoffman's barn field near Boonsboro, 150 yards N. W. of the barn" (from Pruett1). Service details from the State of Alabama,2 which also lists him in Company I, and his Compiled Service Records,3 online from fold3. Hospital and wound details from the Patient List,4 which has him as O. Jones. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860.


c. 1842; Harris County, GA


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 4760]

2   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: various  [AotW citation 15792]

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 28094]

4   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #1.135  [AotW citation 24102]