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Confederate (CSV)


James Basset

(1839 - ?)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He came to Alabama with his parents in 1846, and in 1860 he was a 20 year old carpenter at Cahaba in Dallas County, AL living with his parents and siblings. He enlisted as a Private in Company G (later renamed F), 5th Alabama Infantry on 25 July 1861 at Cahaba.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was a prisoner at Fort Delaware until 2 October when he was sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was declared exchanged on 10 November 1862.

He was captured again, in action at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863 and was a prisoner at Fort McHenry then Fort Delaware to 22 October 1863, when he was transferred to Point Lookout, MD. He was sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange on 18 September 1864, ,in a hospital in Richmond on the 22nd, and furloughed home on 18 October 1864. He was surrendered in May 1865 and paroled at Selma, AL on 28 May 1865.

After the War

In May 1921 he was a retired miller living in Minter, Dallas County, AL with friends, the Boykin family. He was never married.

References & notes

His service information from Fry,1 the State of Alabama,2 and his Compiled Service Records,3 online from fold3; also as James A Bassett. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, and the 1921 Alabama Census of Confederate Veterans.


09/21/1839; Worthing, Sussex, ENGLAND


1   Fry, Anna M. Gayle, Memories of Old Cahaba, Nashville (Tenn): Publishing House of the M. E. Church, South, 1905, pp. 89, 105 - 108  [AotW citation 9410]

2   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: various  [AotW citation 15776]

3   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 28045]