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G.R. Leonard

G.R. Leonard

Confederate (CSV)


George Riley Leonard

(1841 - 1929)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 48th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Known as Riley, he was a 21 year old farmer in Davidson County, NC, when he mustered as Private, Company H, 48th North Carolina Infantry on 8 August 1862 in Petersburg, VA.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was furloughed in October, but returned to duty, date not given. He was wounded again, at Gettysburg, PA, on 1 July and (probably) captured near Frederick, MD on the retreat a few days later. He was wounded for the third time at Bristoe Station, VA on 14 October 1863, hospitalized in Richmond, VA, and furloughed until about 1 May 1864. He was wounded yet again, in the Wilderness, VA on 5 May 1864 and was listed as being absent on 13 November 1864. He was discharged for disability on 25 March 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from Moore,1 who lists him as Riley Leonard. Details from ... Troops 1861-65.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from an original ambrotype owned by Marie L. Hinson; thanks to Bob Murphy for the pointer to it.


05/03/1841; Davidson County, NC


06/06/1929; Davidson County, NC; burial in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lexington, NC


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 3, pp. 384 - 386  [AotW citation 6531]

2   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 20233]