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Confederate (CSV)


John Calhoun Key

(1826 - 1902)

Home State: Georgia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 44th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A lawyer and politician before the War, he helped organize his company and mustered into service as Captain of the Jasper Volunteers - Company B of the 44th Georgia Infantry on 17 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the depleted Forty-Fourth at Sharpsburg as the senior officer present.

The rest of the War

He was wounded at Chancellorsville 4 May 1863, saw action at Gettysburg, and was promoted Major of the regiment in September 1863. He retired from field service in May 1864 for disability, and was assigned duty in Augusta to the end of the War.

After the War

He returned to his law practice in Monticello, Jasper County and again served in the state legislature (1882-83).

References & notes

Basic service information here from Thomas1 - which includes a rough portrait, with additional information from a biographical sketch transcribed online by Harris Hill from Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia & Florida (1899). His gravesite is on Findagrave.


02/25/1826; Jasper County, GA


06/01/1902; Monticello, GA; burial in Monticello Methodist Church, Jasper County, GA


1   Thomas, Henry Walter, History of the Doles-Cook Brigade, Atlanta: Franklin Printing & Publishing Co., 1903, pg. 505  [AotW citation 902]