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Confederate (CSA)


John B. Cumming

(1822 - 1880)

Home State: Georgia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 20th Georgia Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

He was a Sergeant in the Mexican War (1846-48) in the Macon Guards, Georgia Volunteers, later served as an officer in the state militia, and was Town Marshall of Macon at the start of the War. He was organized a company and was commissioned Captain, Company A, 20th Georgia Infantry on 17 May 1861. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 5 September 1861 and Colonel on 7 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 27 (or 29) May 1863 due to atrophy of his left leg. From 8 June 1864 he served in Macon as Colonel of the 5th Georgia Reserve Infantry. He surrendered and was paroled in April 1865.

After the War

He was the Police chief of Macon, GA and Doorkeeper of the Georgia State Senate (1873-77).

References & notes

Service from the Roster 1 via the Historical Data Systems database. Details from Bruce S. Allardice's Confederate Colonels (2008). His gravesite is on Findagrave.




08/04/1880; Macon, GA; burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 19429]