James H. Dunnahoo
Contributed by Ed Rowe
Pvt. James H. Dunnahoo, my great-great granduncle, was born on April 23, 1833 in Oglethorpe County, GA. He was enlisted by Capt. I. S. Vincent into the 3rd GA Infantry, Co. L, (Clarke County Rifles) on August 20, 1861 at Watkinsville, GA (which was then part of Clarke County). He later transferred to Co. K (Athens Guards) where he remained until the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered at Appomattox, VA. He was shot through the left shoulder and left side at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 and spent the rest of the year recuperating in a Richmond, VA hospital. After spending time in 1864 as a laborer and a sawmill engineer, he was wounded again at the Crater, near Petersburg, VA, on July 30, 1864. This time he was shot through the right foot. After the war he returned to his previous occupation of farming in what is now Oconee County, GA. In the mid-1890s he had to sell his mule and wagon to help pay debts. He could no longer make a living by farming, because of his age, from never fully recovering from his war wounds and from going blind in his left eye. He applied for a military indigent pension in 1899 due to infirmity and poverty. W. Joe Elder, who was one of James Dunnahoo's neighbors and a former sergeant in the same company of the 3rd GA, signed as a witness for James on his pension application. Mr. Elder stated that Gen. Lee never had a better soldier from his enlistment to the surrender at Appomattox, VA in April 1865 than James Dunnahoo. Around 1900 James moved to Mitchell County, GA. In 1905 he moved again to Colquitt County, GA where he lived until his death on April 3, 1907. According to the book, Roster of Confederate Graves, by the Georgia Division UDC, he is buried in the Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Colquitt County, not in Mitchell County as listed in The Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia by Lillian Henderson.
James H. Dunnahoo with his wife
Photos provide by Sonny Hill of Colquitt County, GA