(1845 - 1925)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry
In 1860 he was a 15 year farm boy on his parents Wilson and Elizabeth's farm near Zebulon in Pike County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 13th Georgia Infantry on 8 July 1861 at Griffin, GA, then 16 years old.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was wounded and captured at Cedar Creek, VA on 19 October 1864 and was a prisoner at Point Lookout, MD until he took an oath of allegiance and was released on 16 June 1865.
After the War
By 1870 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer at Mt. Zion in Spalding County, GA.
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 1860-1880, 1900, and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Martha A "Mattie" Pitts (1847-1903) in November 1867 and they had 9 children by 1890.
In a November 1925 letter to the Pike County Journal (published 4 December) talking about some of his war experience, he signed his name J. Wilson Shivers.
01/23/1845; Pike County, GA
12/25/1925; Brooks, GA; burial in Old Providence Church Cemetery, Griffin, GA
1 Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964 [AotW citation 7215]
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 27695]