James M David was born about 1825 in Va to Peter and Elizabeth David.
On Oct 25, 1849, he married Elizabeth Gholston (b. 16 Jun 1827, Madison, Georgia.) They had at least five children including Bethany (b @1850), Elizabeth P. (b @1851), Sarah M (b @1852), James Thomas (b 1859), and Lutitia (b 1862)
James M David enlisted on July 11, 1861 as a 2nd Sgt into the 16th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry Company A "Madison Greys" which was organized at Madison County, GA.
He was killed September 14, 1862 in the Battle of Crampton's Gap (South Mountain) near Burkittsville, Frederick County, Md.
The 16th Georgia was sent to Richmond, Va where it was assigned to Howell Cobb's Brigade and encamped from July until Oct 20 1861 when dispatched to Yorktown. The 16th fought with Magruder at Yorktown, Lee's Mill, and Williamsburg. Then was assigned to the Army of Northern Virginia for the Seven Days' Battles (Savages Station, Allen's Farm, Malvern Hill.) Maj Genl Howell Cobb was in command of the 16th at Crampton's Gap.
The Battle of Crampton's Gap preceded the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam.) A confederate force of about 500 effectives (including the 16th Georgia) was sent to defend against an advance of about 13,000 Union troops. They were unsuccessful in defeating the opponent and suffered heavy casualties, but were able to delay the advance long enough to allow more time for Genl. Robt E Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia to become better organized. Of the 368 members of the 16th GA engaged at South Mountain (Crampton's Gap), 52% were disabled (wounded, killed, captured, or missing.)
Appears on Register of Claims of Deceased Officers and Soldiers from Georgia which were filed for settlement....
James M David
2 Sgt Co A 16 Regt
By whom presented: Elizabeth David, wi
When filed: Feb 11, 1863
Burial is unknown, but many bodies of Confederate soldiers were removed to this cemetery so I'd like to hope that he too has found a final resting place there.