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Confederate (CSV)


John Blair McPhail, Jr.

(1835 - 1904)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Hampden-Sydney College

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 56th Virginia Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

He enrolled in Company A of the 56th Virginia Infantry in July 1861 and was elected Captain of his Company in May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major of the Regiment on 13 June 1864, and appointed Lieutenant Colonel on 7 December 1864. He was captured in action at Hatcher's Run, Virginia, on 31 March 1865 and imprisoned at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington DC and at Johnson's Island before being released on 15 July.

After the War

He was a farmer and built and was president of the Richmond and Mecklenburg Railroad.

References & notes

Details above from Young1 and a finding aid to the Carrington Family Papers, 1744-1940 (5,068 items. Mss1C2358d. Microfilm reels B10-12) at the Virginia Historical Society. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


11/01/1835; Halifax County, VA


07/23/1904; burial in Edgehill Plantations Cemetery, Charlotte Court House, VA


1   Young, William A. Jr., and Patricia C. Young, 56th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg: H. E. Howard, Inc., 1990, pg. 166  [AotW citation 2304]