James Franklin Leatherwood

James F. Leatherwood 1838-1915
James F. Leatherwood
1838-1915

James Franklin Leatherwood

Father of Jessie Burrell Leatherwood

B: 1838 Georgia D: 1915 Washita Co., OK

Buried: Port Cemetery, Washita Co., OK

Married 1900 to  Mattie America Stewart B: 14 May 1865 D: 1939

Son of Zachariah and Elizabeth Thornton Leatherwood

1st Married: Mary C. Milford B: 1841 GA

Daughter of James Jefferson Milford and Elizabeth Jane Hinton

I believe that 3 children were born to this marriage

2nd Married: Mattie America Stewart      

Two children were born to this marriage:

Daughter, Willie Francis Leatherwood, born 1901 Washita Co., OK

Son, Jessie Burrell Leatherwood, born 13 Dec., 1902 Washita County, OK. died 3 Mar, 1978

During the Civil War, James F. served the Confederate States of America.

His rank and company, Private, 11 June, 1861, Company C, 19th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry Palmetto Guards.

Honorable Discharge surrender Bentonville, NC May 1865.

I am the great granddaughter of James Franklin Leatherwood.

He was born about 1838 in Campbell County, Georgia to Zachariah and Elizabeth Thornton Leatherwood.

Four children were born to Zachariah and Elizabeth:

William Y. B:1837, James F. B:1838, Martha A. B: 1839, and Peter M. B: 1840

On June 11, 1861, at about the age of 23, Great Grandpa James Leatherwood and younger brother Peter M. joined the Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Palmetto Guards. When the Palmetto Guards mustered in Fulton County, the unit became Company C 19th Regiment, Army of Tennessee, Confederate States of America. On 16 Feb., 1862. his older brother, William Y. Leatherwood joined Company C, 35th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A., Campbell County, Georgia.

Great Grandpa James’ unit fought in all of Robert E. Lee’s major battles except Gettysburg. They fought at Seven Days, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. They were part of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia until the summer of 1863 when they were transferred to Charleston, South Carolina. They fought at the Battle of Olustee in 1864, the largest battle of the war in Florida. Then the Palmetto Guards went back to the Eastern Theater, fighting at Cold Harbor before the war ended in Bentonville, North Carolina as part of General Joseph E. Johnston surrender in 1865.The 19th regiment lost thirty-two soldiers and one hundred fifty-seven were wounded during the Seven Days’ Battles. Thirteen were killed and seventy-six wounded in the Maryland Campaign. At Chancellorsville, three were killed and forty wounded. The regiment sustained ninety-six casualties at Olustee.

 James fought the entire war before the Confederate surrender at Bentonville, North Carolina. He was honorably discharged. I am not sure if Grandpa James was wounded, but it was noted in a letter from the War Department that a J.F. Leatherwood was hospitalized at Windsor Hospital and released to return to duty on 23 June, 1863. His younger brother, Peter M. was wounded twice, once at Spartanburg and again at Chancellorsville and then died on November 20, 1863 at Charleston, South Carolina. His older brother, William Y. Leatherwood, was killed at Seven Pines, Virginia on 31 May, 1862.

I believe his sister Martha Ann Leatherwood married Jefferson Joshua Smith about 1860. She died in 1904 and is buried in Austin, (Travis) Texas.

I would like to know more about James’ first family – Mary Milford and children. Let’s chat! 

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