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Confederate (CSA)


John Wesley Tullis

(1839 - 1909)

Home State: Alabama

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Hardaway's (AL) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

Born in South Carolina, he was raised from infancy in Macon County, Alabama. At twenty he moved to Pike County. By then a 23 year old cotton buyer, he enrolled 1 June 1861 as 2nd Lieutenant, Hardaway's Battery and mustered at Camp Pickens, Manassas, VA on 21 June 1861. He commanded a detachment of the battery at Lynchburg later that month. He was promoted First Lieutenant, date not given.

On the Campaign

He is reported in command of the battery at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was severely wounded, losing a foot at the ankle, at Gettysburg in July 1863, and was captured there. He was exchanged about 9 months later after being in a hospital at Gettysburg, then imprisoned at Fort McHenry and Point Lookout, MD. He then was in command of a battery for Home Defense at Columbus, GA until the end of his service. He was retired by the War Department by 21 September 1864.

After the War

He was in warehousing, and then a successful dealer in cotton at Eufaula, AL. He was thereafter prominent in that community, particularly in the Light and Gas Works, in establishing public education, and a director of railroads.

References & notes

Bio details from Moran, Donald and Linda (Tullis), The Tullis Tracer, geneological newsletter, 1975-1981, Vol II, No. 3&4, 1976, posted online by Tom Tullis. His military record from the State of Alabama1, some of whose records indicate he was initially mustered as First Lieutenant.


10/3/1839; Edgefield District, SC


12/18/1909; in AL; burial in Fairview Cemetery, Eufaula, AL


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: various  [AotW citation 15711]