Pvt James Rufus Cosby

Pvt James Rufus Cosby

Walton County, Georgia, USA
Death 2 Jul 1863 (aged 34)
Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 137384252 · View Source
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James R Cosby was born about 1829 in Walton County, GA. He married Ermin C. Blakely who was born about 1833.

The couple, along with two children, are enumerated on the 1860 US Census State of Georgia; County of Gwinnett
Post Office: Auborn Stamped No: 677
Reel No: M653-125 Division: 316th District Page No: 115
Enumerated on: July 26th, 1860 by: B T Thomas
Dwelling 688; Family 688
Cosby, James R 31 M Farmer born in GA
Cosby, Ermin 28 F born in GA
Cosby, Mary 2 F born in GA (Mary Jane Cosby b.1858)
Cosby, Samuel 5/12 M born in GA (Samuel Blakely Cosby b.1860)

On August 13, 1861, James enlisted into Company B 16th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry at Center Hill, Ga. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg July 2, 1863 and died the same day. He was initially buried near the field hospital.

Burial information listed as historical note on the roster of 16th Georgia Volunteer Infantry as follows:

The following Southern Heroes of the 16th Georgia Regiment were buried at Gettysburg:
M. Fissels East side of woods, across the creek
Albert Allen, Co A, 16th Georgia

Cunninghams place across the creek from Crawfords Wofords [sic] Brigade Hospital, McLaws Division, Longstreets Corps
J R Crosby [sic], Co. B, 16th Georgia
A E Oliver, Co B, 16th Georgia
J D Reed or Reid, Co C, 16th Georgia
A B F.
W B Elrod, Co. G, 16th Georgia
7 graves unmarked and unknown

His remains were removed and re interred at Laurel Grove Cemetery (North) in 1871. Listed in a small booklet entitled "List of Confederate Soldiers Interred in Soldiers’ Lots, Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia", which was copied from the records of A. F. Torlay and published in 1874.*

Name appears on a Register of Claims of Deceased Officers and Soldiers from Georgia which were filed for settlement in the Office of Confederate States Auditor for the War Department
Jas R Cosby
Pvt Co B 16 Regt
By whom presented Wm A Walton, atty
When filed June 22, 1864
Where died July 2, 1863

Handwritten note in his file dated January 21, 1864 in Camp near Russellville, TN:
"James R Cosby, a Private of Capt Venable's Company (B) 16 Ga Reg., age __ year 5 feet 10 in high, sallow complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, by profession a farmer, born in the county of Walton and state of Ga and enlisted at Center Hill Ga are(?) on the 13 day of August 1861 by Lt Robt White to serve for the war, was killed in action at Gettysburg, Penn USA on the 2nd day of July 1863."
Signed J. M. Venable, Capt Co B 16 Ga Regt

Affidavit of Ermin Cosby before Justice of the Peace William E. Atkinson, Gwinnett County, Ga, dated May 30, 1864 states that she is "the widow of James R Cosby deceased who was a Private of Captain Venable's Company" and that he was "Killed, Gettysburg Pa on or about the 2nd day of July 1863 leaving dijunent [sic] his widowed wife and that she makes this deposition for the purpose of obtaining from the Government of the Confederate States whatever may have been due the said James R. Cosby at the time of his death, for pay, bounty or other allowances for his service."
Sworn and subscribed before me
Wm. E. Atkinson, JP
Signed "Ermin Cosby"
Verified by James Polk
Witnessed by William Thompson

The 16th GA Infantry Regiment (also called Sallie Twiggs Regiment) was organized during the summer of 1861. The ten companies were raised in the counties of Columbia, Elbert, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Madison, and Walton (although there were members from other counties). Company B was organized at Jackson County, GA and was also known as "Center Hill Guards."

Company B was organized by and initially commanded by Capt Abner Monroe Reynolds. Reynolds was the Master of the local Masonic Lodge and the whole lodge joined the Confederate army one night and went off to war. Reynolds commanded Company B until Sept 14, 1862 when he was killed at Cramptons Gap (South Mountain) near Burkittsville, Md. He was succeeded by Capt J M Venable.

*Special thanks to Ed Rowe (Find A Grave User #47577579) for informing me of the location of this grave and for the source info.
NOTE: Pvt Cosby's grave is likely unmarked.

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