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Confederate (CSA)


John Henry Thompson

(1823 - 1917)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Grimes' Portsmouth (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

Age 37, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Portsmouth Light Artillery on 20 April 1861 in Portsmouth. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 1 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He relieved Capt Grimes in command when the Captain was wounded and carried from the field on September 17.

The rest of the War

He was promoted Captain to date from 17 September, but his battery was disbanded on 15 October 1862. He was assigned to the camp for paroled prisoners at Petersburg, VA in November 1862. He was detailed to General Winder's staff in May - July 1864.

References & notes

Service and other details from R. Thomas Crew's Grimes' Battery, Grandy's Battery and Huger's Battery Virginia Artillery (roster, 1995) via the Historical Data Systems database. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


07/05/1823 in VA


08/22/1917; Portsmouth, VA; burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth, VA