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John A Beard

Birth: 26 May 1848

Death: 31 Mar 1915

(Aged 66 years, 10 months, 5 days.)


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Served in Company I, 23rd Inf., Mississippi as Pvt

Residence Pontotoc County MS; 13 years old. Enlisted on 8/2/1861 at Pontotoc County, MS as a Private. On 8/2/1861 he mustered into "I" Co. MS 23rd Infantry He was transferred out on 4/9/1865 at Smithfield, NC On 4/9/1865 he transferred into "I" Co. MS 15th Cons Infantry He was Surrendered on 4/26/1865 at Durham Station, NC Other Information: born 5/26/1848 in Pontotoc County, MS died 3/31/1915 in Pontotoc County, MS Buried: Pisgah Cemetery, New Albany, MS After the War he lived in Pontotoc County, MS Sources used: - Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records - Mississippi Confederate Grave Registry
Unit Details:
23rd Infantry Regiment [also called 2nd or 3rd Regiment] was assembled at Corinth, Mississippi, during the fall of 1861. The men were from Franklin, Tippah, Alcorn, and Monroe counties. Sent to Tennessee, the unit was captured at Fort Donelson. In this fight it lost 5 killed and 46 wounded of the 546 engaged. After being exchanged, it served in General Tilghman's and J. Adams' Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, and was active in various engagements during the siege of Vicksburg. Later it joined the Army of Tennessee, served under Generals J. Adams and Lowrey, and fought in the Atlanta and Tennessee Campaigns and in North Carolina. The regiment reported 20 casualties at Coffeeville and 7 at Champion's Hill and surrendered on April 26, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Thomas J. Davidson and Joseph M. Wells, Lieutenant Colonel Moses McCarley, and Majors George W.B. Garrett and W.E. Rogers.

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