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Confederate (CSV)


James Abner Bankston

(1832 - 1879)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a successful 28 year old farmer near Zebulon in Pike County, on a place between his father Willoughby and his father-in-law Samuel Slade, all slave owners. He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 13th Georgia Infantry on 14 May 1862 at Zebulon. He was wounded at Gaines Mill, VA in June.

On the Campaign

He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his left side in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was in a Richmond, VA hospital by 26 September and was furloughed from 10 October to 15 November 1862. He was detailed as a brigade teamster and/or ambulance driver from August 1863 to at least February 1865 and was surrendered and paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was again farming in Pike County. He died at age 47 of "malarial fever."

References & notes

His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1870. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Frances Anne "Fannie" Slade (1835-1892) in January 1853 and they had 10 children.


02/13/1832; Taliaferro County, GA


12/09/1879; Pike County, GA; burial in Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lamar County, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 7199]

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 27675]