Joseph enlisted into the Confederacy in Palestine, Henderson County, Texas on June 24, 1861. He was assigned to Company H, 1st Reg't Texas Infantry. This company was successively designated as Captain Alexis T. Rainey's Company Texas Infantry; Captain Gaston's Company and Company H, 1st Regiment Texas Infantry...all of which was an integral part of HOOD'S TEXAS BRIGADE. He was in the same company as his three brothers, William, George and Nathan and a brother-in-law, Theodore R. Oldham who died at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, and two future brothers-in-law Thomas R. Edwards and Warren N. Haynes. His brother, William, died in The Battle of Antietam and Joseph died of wounds received in the same battle. His brothers, George and Nathan and his future brothers-in law, Thomas and Warren all lived through the war.
On December 26, 1862, Joseph's father, Barnett Hollingsworth, wrote a letter to THE CONFERERATE STATES for the purpose of obtaining from the Government of the Confederate States, whatever may have been due Joseph and his brother William at the time of their deaths or other allowances for their service.
The result of that letter was:
THE CONFEDERATE STATES,
To J. C. Hollingsworth, deceased late Serg't of Capt. Gaston's Co. H, 1st Reg't. Texas Vols.
For pay from June 30th, 1862 when last paid to Oct 20th, date of death, 3 months 20 days @ $17 per month, $62.33.
Payable to Bedford Parks, Attorney of Barnet Hollingsworth, father of said deceased.
TREASURY DEPARTMENT, Second Auditor's Office
June 27th, 1863
[It is interesting to note that Bedford Parks had fought in the same company as Joseph.]
-Bio by Strain Hilton Armstrong
Lucy Hollingsworth Strain
Sarah Elizabeth Hollingsworth Oldham
1831 – unknown
Elisabeth Hollingsworth Edwards
Caroline Hollingsworth Haynes
Samuel D. Strain Hollingsworth
Lillie Ann Hollingsworth Hightower
Robert L Hollingsworth
Mary J. Hollingsworth Goodson
Roland Glen Hollingsworth