CDV OF JAMES J. THOMPSON, 51ST VIRGINIA INFANTRY – STAUNTON, VA. BACKMARK

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This is a Carte de visite of Thompson. Bust view with only a slight view of his vest and overcoat. Image is clear with good contrast. Mount is untrimmed and in good overall condition. Photographer’s backmark, Clinedinsts, Staunton, VA.

James J. Thompson enlisted on July 31, 1861, as a Private in Company B, 51st Virginia Infantry. He was promoted to Sergeant in December of 1862. Captured at Waynesboro, Virginia on March 2, 1865 and sent to Fort Delaware. Released from that prison on June 21, 1865.

The 51st was sent to western Virginia, where it served in the Army of the Kanawha, and saw action at Carnifex Ferry. During the winter of 1861-1862, Wharton's men were transferred with Floyd to Tennessee just in time for the Confederate surrender at the Battle of Fort Donelson, where the 51st escaped and marched back to Nashville with 274 men, and eventually back to Virginia in spring 1862.

The regiment returned to Tennessee for the Knoxville Campaign. The unit fought in numerous conflicts in the Shenandoah Valley before being disbanded around April 15, 1865. It reported 9 killed, 43 wounded, and 5 missing at Fort Donelson, and 3 killed and 16 wounded at Fayetteville. Only a handful remained after the Battle of Waynesboro, Virginia, in March 1865.  [jet] [ph:L]

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