Civil War & Reconstruction Civil War Stafford's Confederate Year Sergeant John William Watson

Sergeant John William Watson

Sergeant John William Watson, born in the Brooke area about 1831, was in Company “I”(3), (“Stafford Guards”), 47th Virginia Infantry. He had married a Falmouth girl, Margaret Garner, in 1854 and they had three children. Enlisting in 1861, he was a corporal by July or August. Present on all muster-rolls through December 1862, Watson was wounded (right thigh) at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. Admitted to Richmond’s Chimborazo Hospital in July, he had survived the Peninsula Campaign; Cedar Mountain and 2nd Manassas; Harpers’ Ferry and Sharpsburg (both September 1862); Fredericksburg; and Chancellorsville. Watson returned for the Mine Run Campaign (November 1863), where he developed what became a fatal illness. Pneumonia sent him to a Lynchburg hospital, where he died on May 3, 1864, and was buried. Watson’s letters are in the Virginia Historical Society.

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