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Confederate (CSA)


James Augustus Bryan

(1839 - 1923)

Home State: North Carolina

Education: Princeton College, Class of 1860

Command Billet: Ordnance Officer

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: Branch's Brigade

Before Sharpsburg

He was studying the law in New Bern when the War began. He was in a local cavalry Company and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Artillery in the State service (Company G, 10th NCST) and was assigned to the staff of Colonel Whitford, Chief of Ordnance at New Bern in April 1861. In August he was commissioned in the Confederate service and joined General Branch's staff. He was promoted to First Lieutenant 1 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was Brigade Ordnance Officer at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

After General Branch was killed, he was promoted Captain and was Ordnance Officer for General James B. Lane. In 1865 he resigned his CS commission and was appointed Major and Quartermaster of North Carolina.

After the War

He was a farmer and in the lumber business in Craven County. He was President of the National Bank of New Bern from 1888, and for 20 years chair of the County Board of Commissioners. He was in the State Senate (1898-1900), and served a term as Mayor of New Bern. He was a director of the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad from 1888 and its President from 1899-1904.

References & notes

Biographical information and his presence at Sharpsburg from the Military History1. Service details from the Staff List2, which has him as John A. Bryan. Other information from family genealogists and the finding aid to his family's papers in the library of the University of North Carolina. A photograph of him, probably taken before 1916, is in the Library of Congress.


09/13/1839; New Bern, NC


01/30/1923; burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New Bern, NC


1   Evans, Clement Anselm, editor, Confederate Military History, 12 Volumes, Atlanta: The Confederate Publishing Company, 1899, Vol. 4, pp. 407-409  [AotW citation 10103]

2   US War Department, List of Staff Officers of the Confederate States Army, 1861-1865, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1891, pg. 23  [AotW citation 10104]