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Confederate (CSV)


James D. McAlister, Jr.

(c. 1841 - 1862)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 24th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Age 18, from Robeson County, he mustered as Private, Company G, 24th North Carolina Infantry on 4 June 1861 in Robeson County.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Corporal about 30 November 1862, but was killed in action on 13 December 1862 at Fredericksburg, VA ...

In the battles before Richmond, at Malvern Hill, at Sharpsburg and at Fredericksburg, he mingled freely, and was conspicuous for his gallant bearing. At the latter battle, when his musket had become hot from its deadly fire, when the first shouts of victory ran along line, his brain was piered by a rifle ball, and thus he fell and died with the flag he had loved so ardently floating triumphantly beside him.

References & notes

Basic service information from Moore1 and the Roster,2 via the Historical Data Systems database. Further detail and the quote above from his death notice in the Fayetteville Observer of 23 February 1863, transcribed by Myrtle Bridges on NC GenWeb. Son of James D. and Mary McAlister.


c. 1841


12/13/1862; Fredericksburg, VA


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 2, pg. 310  [AotW citation 10041]

2   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 19333]