|Birth: ||Mar. 4, 1838|
|Death: ||Jul. 21, 1861|
Civil War Confederate Officer. John, a native of Savannah, Georgia, was the eldest son of John and Charlotte Branch. With the guidance and assistance of Francis Bartow, he was commissioned an officer in the 8th Georgia Infantry. On May 22, 1861, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, and subsequently became the Adjutant of his regiment. All three Branch boys, John, Sanford and Hamilton, shared their Civil War experiences through letters sent home to their mother Charlotte. A book titled "Charlotte's Boys: Civil War Letters of the Branch Family of Savannah" by Mauriel Phillips Joslyn is a collection of these letters that one should read to learn more of John.
As seen, Lieutenant John Branch (far left in the photo) was one of the first to answer the call of his state and that of the Confederacy. He was also one of the first to sacrifice his life for his new country. On July 21, 1861, he fell mortally wounded at 1st Manassas, Virginia. His life ceased while in the arms of his brother Sanford.
With emotion, the youngest brother Hamilton wrote his mother the tragic news: "…the cold hand of death has been in our family. John our beloved has been killed…"
Sanford, a prisoner-of-war in the wake of the battle, wrote his mother from a Washington D.C. prison: "My Dear Dear Mother, I scarcely know how to begin this sad, sad letter...I thought I would look behind me to see if any of my Company had fallen. But, Mother, just think of my horror to see John, Dear John, reel and fall."
John Henry Salah Branch (1807 - 1848)
Charlotte Sarah Sawyer Branch (1814 - 1894)
John Lufburrow Branch (1838 - 1861)
Sanford Walker Branch (1840 - 1891)*
Hamilton McDevit Branch (1843 - 1899)*
Laurel Grove Cemetery (North)
Plot: Lot 1182
Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Jan 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 12950916