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J.W. McCurdy

J.W. McCurdy

Confederate (CSV)


John Wilson McCurdy

(1834 - 1922)

Home State: Georgia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 38th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

From DeKalb County, he mustered as Private, Company A, 38th Georgia Infantry on 1 March 1862. He was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company D on 1 April 1862. He may have been promoted to Captain, date not given.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 after Captain Battey was killed and was himself wounded in the leg in action there. It is likely he was the last available officer of the 38th as he was followed in command by Captain Peter Brennan, 61st Georgia Infantry.

The rest of the War

His leg was "useless" and he was absent with the Invalid Corps in Georgia by 31 August 1864. He was dropped from the rolls of the regiment on 21 January 1865.

After the War

He was a school teacher, stable owner, and grocer. He was Deputy Sheriff of DeKalb County, a justice of the peace, mayor of Stone Mountain, and member of the state legislature for DeKalb County.

References & notes

Service from the Roster 1 via the Historical Data Systems database. Carman has him as Captain at Sharpsburg.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from an engraving after a photograph of unknown provenance, posted on his 38th Georgia site by Dale Nichols.


12/11/1834; DeKalb County, GA


03/09/1922; Stone Mountain, GA; burial in Stone Mountain Cemetery, Stone Mountain, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 19567]

2   Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. 2, Appendix 1, pg. 554  [AotW citation 19568]