(1847 - 1927)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry
In 1860 he was a 13 year old farm boy on his parent's place at O'Neal's Mills in Troup County, GA. Giving his age as 18 (he was 14) he enlisted as a Private in Company K, 13th Georgia Infantry on 10 September 1861 at La Grange, GA, enrolled by his uncle Lt. Curtright.
On the Campaign
He was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was paroled near Sharpsburg on 20 September, was in a Richmond, VA hospital by 17 October 1862, then sent to Camp Lee near Richmond. He served with his Company through the war and the roll for 18 February 1865, the last in his file, shows him "Absent on furlough for one recruit at LaGrange, Georgia." He was on the way to rejoin his unit and was at Augusta, GA at the surrender of 9 April 1865.
After the War
By 1880 he was a farm worker in Troup County, GA. In 1900 he was a (railroad?) flagman in La Grange, GA.
References & notes
His service from Henderson,1 as Nathan H Sledge, and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3, with details from his 1911 Georgia Soldier's pension application, online from the Georgia Archives. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880, and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Ella Louisa Pitman (1849-1924) in October 1868 and they had 9 chidren.
His mother was a Curtright. Two of her brothers - his uncles - were also at Sharpsburg: Benjamin Franklin Curtright, also in Company K, was wounded, Thomas Jefferson Curtright, 4th Georgia, was killed there.
02/01/1847; Troup County, GA
1927; La Grange, GA; burial in Hillview Cemetery, LaGrange, GA
1 Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964 [AotW citation 7325]
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 28362]