POW queries
Researcher Queries
From time to time, I will make a call for web page queries on the CW-POW list and post them here.  This will be done on a semi-regular basis.

Nicholas Faulkner Atkinson

Though I have very little information about his imprisonment, my g-g-grandfather, Pvt. Nicholas Faulkner Atkinson, Co. H, 18th Georgia Infantry, spent time at David's Island, N.Y., after being wounded and captured at Gettysburg. I have a page on him at my 18th Georgia website.
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William  and Andrew Barnes and Solomon Wade

Solomon WADE  b. 1830  NC or GA Joined the C.W. as a Private from Floyd Co, GA Joined at Cherokee County, GA  19 Feb 1862 Before going to war he had been a grain miller Cherokee Lt Artillary of GA under Capt. Van Den Corput's Company "A", 3rd Battalion Infantry- He was also under Capt. J. G. Yeiser's Lt Battery, 2nd Brigade GA Voluntees 3 May 1862 He was at the battle of Lookout Mountain and Chatanooga, TN He was a prisoner of war at Louisville Kentucky, Captured at Vicksburg MS  4 July 1863, paroled 9 July 1863 Captured again near Nashville  16 Dec 1864 by  Major Gen. Thomas' forces, the Dept of the Cumberland Sent to Louisville Prison 4 Jan 1865, then sent to Camp Chase Military Prison in Ohio and remained there until a few weeks before the end of the war, when he died at Camp Chase. Grave 1691 (1/2 mile South of Camp Chase) His body was removed, though almost none of the southern troops were removed after the war, due to poverty, distance and dislocated families.  No one knows who removed his body or where it was taken.

William Henry BARNES b. 1846 in GA, d. 5 May 1909 in Floyd Co, close to Rome GA and his brother:
Andrew J. BARNES  b 1843 in Gwinnett Co GA, death unknown and another, William BARNES..... All joined the C.W. as Privates, joining together, 14 March 1862 at Carterville, GA  They joined the 18th Georgia Infantry, Company "G" William Henry was captured near Knoxville 3 Dec 1863, was at Camp
Chase, Ohio 15 Dec 1863, then sent to Louisville KY Military Prison 29 Dec 1863 and then sent
on to Rock Island IL Prison 31 Dec 1863 He was wounded at Gettysburg, PA at age 15 years and 8 months. Taken to a hospital in Richond, VA with a "contusion on the left side" Captured again at Vicksburg 4th of July 1864 and a prisoner until the end of the war. When discharged, William Henry and brother Andrew J. returned to Waleska, Cherokee Co, GA He later drew a pension at age 59 considered disabled with "wound", "catarrah and age". He drew a pension in Cherokee and Etowah Counties, Alabama. Lucrecia Evaline BOGGS BARNES drew a pension on William Henry BARNES. Mary Adeline POTTS BARNES drew a pension on Andrew J. BARNES


Hiram Jacob Baumgardner

My GG-Uncle, Hiram Jacob Baumgardner was captured at the Sherfy House at the Battle of Gettysburg. The Confederates initially sent many of those prisoners the Libby Prison and Belled Isle - Jacob went to Belle Isle. When they transferred the prisoners to Andersonville, he was sent to Hospital 21 in Richmond, where 3 weeks later he died. He had enlisted at the beginning of the war, lying about his age, so when he died after almost 3 years of service he was just 18. When his parents got word, his father ran out and enlisted, to "get them that starved my boy". Christian, the father, survived the rest of the war, but returned a broken down man.

Deb Johnson

Pvt Elisha Chaney

60th Tenn. Mtd. Infantry Co. A was captured May 17, 1863 at the Battle of Big Black River, near Vicksburg, and was held prisoner at Fort Delaware until Sept. 20, 1863. Then sent to Point Lookout, Maryland arriving Sept. 26, 1863., and died there Dec. 24, 1863. His name is on the Monument at Point Lookout.


John Franklin Clinton

Corporal John Franklin (Frank) Clinton, Co. C., 8th Tennessee Cavalry. Captured August 17, 1863 in Gainesboro, Tennessee.  Taken first to Camp Chase, Ohio, and then Rock Island, Illinois.  Discharged before the end of the war.

Mark E. Lacy

John W. Coats

Anyone having access to POW records for Fort Delaware or the burial records for Finns Point National Cemetery, which is in NJ just across river from Fort Delaware please look for John W. Coats, Pvt. Co. "A", 60th Mounted Infantry, Army of TN. Unit was raised in Washington County, TN, near Jonesboro, in extreme eastern TN. Also near Madison County, NC, where John
W. Coats lived at time of enlistment. Unit was made part of "Vaughn's Brigade" which too part in Battle at Big Black River Bridge on May 17,1863 and in Battle at Vicksburg, Ms., which fell on July 4,1863. Over 250 men from the 60th Mounted Infantry were captured at Battle of Big Black River
Bridge and many remained in POW camps until 1864-65.Some prisoners were shipped to Fort Delaware and then to Point Lookout, Md. Would like to know where he was imprisoned and if he died, where is he buried?


Phillip Coffell

I'm looking for info on my g-grandfather Phillip COFFELL b in KY ca 1839. He served as a Private for the Confederate Army in the Civil War with Co. C 1st Battalion Arkansas Infantry.  Phillip was captured at Port Hudson, LA on 9 July 1863 and released on July 12 or 13, 1863.  It is presumed he died later in the war.  He left his widow Elizabeth, daughter Orlena E. and son James Henry, living in Lawrence County, AR.  Searching for parents, siblings and events regarding the death of Phillip COFFELL.  Thanks.

James W. Cooper

Pvt. James W. Cooper, Co. G, (1st Lieut. Malachi Krebs' Co.), 2nd Ohio Vol. Inf., served at battles of Perryville, Stone River and Chickamauga.  Captured at Chickamauga 9-19-1863 by Pat Claybourne's [Cleburne?] Division.  Prisoner at Belle Isle from 10-1-63 to 10-10-63; at Libby
Prison 10-10-63 to 12-15-63; Danville Prison No. 5 from 12-15-63 to 3-1-64, and at Castle Thunder from 3-1-64 to 3-11-64.  From Post Historian's Record Book: "I arrived at Annapolis 3-14-64, was unconditionally released through the friendship of Miss Emily V. Mason of Richmond. I being blind, she thought it was a disgrace to the Confederacy to keep a blind person in prison."  Close comrades in unit were A.D. Surles, Jacob Drewry, Wm. Surles and J. Niece.  From
affidavit in Pvt. Cooper's discharge papers:  "I Edward Small...was taken prisoner at Chickamauga, GA 9-20-63 and I was employed as nurse in the Small Pox Hospital at Danville, VA when James Cooper, Pvt. Co. G, 2nd OVI was brought there suffering from variola and that I nursed him nearly a month after which I was sent to the Rebel Prison and that the said James Cooper at that time had nearly lost the sight of both eyes..."  This is my g-g-grandfather.  He married after the war to Harriet
Carlisle, whom he never "saw," and had several children.  He owned a  cigar store in Steubenville, OH, and later retired in Newark, OH. I am privileged to have the cane, Bible, OVI Reunion ribbons, and several original photos of James W. Cooper.

Tom Cooper - Cleveland Hts., OH

William Cullum, Peter Cullum,  J.T. Cullum, R. Sneed

William Cullum, Pvt.  Company A 19th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry.  Age 45. From Edgefield District.  Died in prison 2/15/1865, Camp Chase, OH, buried at Camp Chase #1258, Columbus, OH.  Sources: (1) "Confederate POW Soldiers Who Died in Federal Prisons & Hospitals in the North", Ingmire 1912. (2) "History of Edgefield County From The Earliest Settlements to 1897", Chapman, 1976. (3)"Recollections & Remembrances, 1861-1865 through WWI", Volume 3.  South Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy.

R. Sneed, Pvt.  Company I Orr's Rifles (A/K/A 1st Regiment of Rifles) District: PS (Pickens).  No date or reason for death given.  Buried at Stonewall Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia.  Source: Rivers "Roll of Honor", National Archives.

Peter Cullum was a brother to William Cullum:  Peter Cullum, Pvt.  Company H 14th South Carolina Volunteers. Killed in action 5/5/1864.  No location given.  Source: "Recollections & Remembrances,
1861-1865 through WWI", Volume 2.  South Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Here is another Cullum, though I'm not sure of the relation:  J.T. Cullum. Pvt. Company K 9th Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Col. Blanding's Company.  Died of disease 11/10/1861, Manases, Virginia. Source: "Roll of the Dead" - William Rivers, South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

Jeanette in Texas

Private George Peter Dreisbach

Company H, 67th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers; captured (MIA) June 20, 1864 during a skirmish at White House Landing, Virginia; died November 2, 1864 at Andersonville of Scorbutus; grave #11754; name on grave is spelled Driesbach and in Andersonville records, he was originally listed as Peter Trespan.

Nikki Roth-Skiles

John Henderson Freeman

My great grandfather, John Henderson Freeman, served with Co. I, 34th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry, Bowen's Company, Walthall's Brigade.  He began writing a diary when he volunteered and left his home in Tyro, Mississippi.  He sent the diary home just 3 days before he was captured at Lookout Mountain, Chatanooga, TN on November 24, 1863.  Divine providence or just coincidence?  His records state he was forwarded to Military Prison in Louisville, KY, then to Rock Island Barracks on December 1, 1863.  He was transferred for exchange (where?) on March 13, 1865, and was paroled May 25, 1865 in Memphis, TN.

His diary is posted online and can be read at:

When he returned home , he picked up the diary and began keeping a daily journal, or log, in the same book, but to my knowledge, never wrote about his experiences  in POW camp.  Surprising, because he loved to write.  Perhaps he did, and those writings were not saved or passed down.

Wanda Ridge

William Marshall Funderburg

He was born 1820 in Edgefield Co., SC and died 1 Nov., 1864 in Elmira Federal Prison, Elmira, NY. His wife was Mary Mahulda Davis and they were married the 9th May, 1848 in Talledega Co., AL. He was in the 12 Ala Reg. Co D. He was recruited from Coffey Co., Alabama. According to his Military papers from the National Archives, a date of original enlistment is not known. He is listed on a roster from Dec 24, 1863 to April 30, 1864. Then he is shown as being admitted to the General Hospital in Howard's Grove, Richmond, Virginia June 6, 1864. It says he returned to duty June 25, 1864. Then on July 10, 1864 he was taken prisoner near Harper's Ferry, Frederick Maryland, by General Hunter's Forces. He was sent to Old Capital Prison in Washington, D.C. then was sent on to Elmira Federal Prison, N.Y. on July 25, 1864. He died of Typhoid Fever Nov. 1, 1864 after 3 months of being held as a prisoner.  Through a search of battles fought I found that on July 9, in near Fredrick Maryland was the battle of Monocacy. A Federal force of 5,800 held back 15,000 Confederates from taking Washington. Although the Federals lost they were successful in delaying the advancement of the Confederates until reenforcements arrived. Estimated 700 to 900 killed and wounded or lost. It was at this battle that William Marshall Funderburg was taken captive and then sent to the prison in Washington. It is not known if he was wounded at this battle. Ironically ater his capture he was charged $73.63 for his gun and accurments.

Email Jamialane@aol.com

Coleman Watkins McElvaney

Coleman Watkins McElvany was captured and sent to Camp Douglas, Ill. I would be
happy to have his name included with my email address, although I don't know much about his time there.
Thanks.  Marylee Lingle

Amos and Emanuel Pence

Amos Worrell Pence, Co. F, 8th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA
Emanuel Pence, Morgan's Scouts, CSA

Geoff Walden

Sarah "Jane" A. Perkins

I am searching for information on South Fitzburg Jail/Prison : US Gov. Prison for Seccesh Females in Worcester County, MA during the War Between The States....and one of its femal POWs in particular - Sgt.Sarah "Jane" A. Perkins.

Jane was with the Pittsylvania Artillery,CSA. She was captured at the Battle of Spotsylvania and sent to Point Lookout POW Camp. Two months later, she gave birth to a baby boy. She was then sent to Old Capitol Prison in DC and then forwarded to Fitzburg Prison.

Any information on  Jane Perkins or what happened to her baby would be greatly appreciated.
Patricia Buck

Hugh Kerr Roberts

I had a relative, Hugh Kerr Roberts, who was in the 14th NC Infantry, NCST.  He was born in NC in 1821 to John Roberts, Jr. and his spouse. Hugh became the eldest of four or five orphans of John R. in 1830.  He grew up in Cleveland Co. NC.  Married Elizabeth McSwain and had several children with her before joining the army.  Hugh was captured by Phil Sheridan's forces at Third Winchester, and found his way into Point Lookout POW Prison in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay by the end of September 1864.  He was Paroled and released at Cox's Landing on the James River near Petersburg in Feb. 14th or so (what sweethearts), 1865.
James Stone

Samuel Sheldon

I have a copy of Company Muster Roll record for Samuel Shelton, private in Confederate Army, Capt.Jacob Miller's Company (Local Defense) also known as Beech Creek Jerkers.  Enlistment date June 16, 1863.  Age shown as 45.  No other information is shown on record.  It is known he was living in Sumner or Davidson County in Tennessee at the time although his place of enlistment
is blank on the muster roll.  Almost all of the other men in the company show Hawkins County, TN, as the place of enlistment, which is half the state away from where he was living.  He was a blacksmith.  Could this have been a reason for his enlistment at the age of 45 with a wife and 8 children age 12 and under?

Family members seem to agree that  information was received by his family that he had been captured and was being sent to Louisville prison by train. After the war ended and he did not return home, a son went to Louisville but found no record of his having been there. I would really like to know what happened to Samuel.  Any clues or suggestions would be appreciated.


John H. Sheffield

Dear fellow researchers,
  Looking for data on my Civil War ancestor, Pvt. John H. Sheffield.  He was from the town of Colquitt in Miller County, GA.  Served in the CSA Army in a unit known as the "Miller Wildcats" of the GA Infantry.  Was captured at the Battle of Cumberland Gap and held at Camp Douglas, IL until the war's end.  Am hoping to find any POW records or other CW archives which may help me find more info on John, especially the names of his parents, siblings, etc.  I've written to the state of GA for any CSA records on John Henry, but they have almost nothing on him.  John was probably born in 1833, was married to Rebecca M. Sheffield and showed up in two federal census records in Miller County (1860 and
1900).  Any information or suggestions on where I can get additional data would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance for your help!  Donna L. Fore, Austin, Texas

Email address:  dlfore@worldnet.att.net