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Confederate (CSV)


John Wesley Leach

(1838 - 1916)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 22 year old worker on his parent's large farm near Griffin in Spalding County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company I, 13th Georgia Infantry on 8 July 1861 in Griffin. He was appointed 2nd Sergeant by May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshots to his right shoulder and left hip in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863, detailed to Macon, GA on recruiting duty and to arrest stragglers in August, then in Richmond, VA hospitals to at least September 1863. He rejoined his Company as a Private on 27 October 1864, but was deemed unfit for field service and on light duty at Jackson Hospital in Richmond by January 1865. He was captured at Burkeville, VA on 6 April 1865 and was a prisoner at Point Lookout, MD until released on 8 June 1865.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1900 he was a farmer in his own right near his parent's old place in Griffin, GA. By 1910 he had retired and lived in the village of Zetella in Spalding County.

References & notes

His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1910, and his 1887-1907 Georgia pension applications, citing disability from his Sharpsburg wounds, online from the Georgia Archives. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


02/25/1838; Pike County, GA


06/25/1916; Spalding County, GA; burial in Mount Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Zetella, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 7313]

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 28346]