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View Tree for Col. James Newell LightfootCol. James Newell Lightfoot (b. Aug 14, 1839, d. Sep 18, 1885)

James Newell Lightfoot (son of Edwin B. Lightfoot and Catherine Donelson Cody)177 was born Aug 14, 1839 in Early County, GA (Blakely), and died Sep 18, 1885 in Barbour County, AL (Eufaula). He married Mary Elizabeth Gordon on Nov 04, 1862 in Hernry County, AL (Abbeville) by Rev. Edmund Cody178, 179, 180, daughter of Alexander Curry Gordon and Eveline Thomas Hudspeth.

 Includes NotesNotes for James Newell Lightfoot:
Book entitled "Lee's Colonels" by Roberk Krick - classic reference book about the field officers in Lee's Army:
LIGHTFOOT, JAMES NEWELL. Born Early Co., Ga., 8-14-39. Lt., Co "A", 6th ALA, 5-11-61. Captain - 11-30-61. Lt. Col. - 5-30-62. Colonel - 5-7-63. Wounded at Seven Pines, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, Wilderness. Retired 3-11-65. Married Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Gordon McAllister in 1862. Farmer in Henry Co., ALA. Died Eufala, 9-18-85.
6th Alabama Infantry Regiment
The 6th Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized at Montgomery, on 6 May 1861, with 12 companies and about 1400 men recruited from Autauga, Henry, Jackson, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Russell, and Wilson counties. It was first ordered to Corinth, and from there it went to Virginia. Reaching Manassas Junction, it was brigaded under Gen'l Richard Ewell. It was on the field but was not actively engaged in 1st Manassas, and it passed the fall and winter in that vicinity. Gen'l Robert Rodes succeeded Ewell in command of the brigade. in the spring, it moved to Yorktown with the army and was there reorganized and reenlisted for the war. It was on the field at Williamsburg but not under fire. At Seven Pines, the regiment took a prominent part, losing 102 k and 282 w out of 632 engaged (59%; the brigade lost 1296 out of about 2500). It again took a conspicuous part at Mechanicsville, 1st Cold Harbor, and Malvern Hill, with casualties. It was in the advance movement across the Potomac and lost slightly at Boonsboro. At Sharpsburg, it lost 52k and 104 w. The regiment was present but did not take part at Fredericksburg. With its brigade companions (3rd, 5th, 12th, and 26th regiments, Col. O'Neal commanding), the regiment fought at Chancellorsville, again with casualties (156). It participated in the Pennsylvania campaign with the brigade under Gen'l Battle, but with severe losses (382 engaged; casualties of more than 50%). Having wintered near Orange Courthouse, the regiment was at The Wilderness, where it lost considerably; and it was badly cut up at Spotsylvania. It took part in the Valley campaign of Gen'l Jubal Early and suffered casualties at Winchester. At Cedar Creek, many of the regiment were captured. Moving back to Petersburg, it was placed in Fort Mahone and was almost continuously under fire until it surrendered at Appomattox with 4 officers and 80 men, commanded by Lt. Col. Culver. Of 2109 names on its rolls, nearly 400 were killed in battle, 243 died of disease in service, and another 675 were discharged or transferred.

Field and staff officers: Cols. John Jacob Seibels (Montgomery; until reorganization); John Brown Gordon (Jackson; wounded, Sharpsburg; promoted); James N. Lightfoot (Henry; wounded, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania); Lt. Cols. Benjamin Hurt Baker (Russell; resigned); John Brown Gordon (promoted); James J. Willingham (Lowndes; KIA, Seven Pines); James Newell Lightfoot (wounded, Sharpsburg; promoted); Augustus Manly Gordon (Jackson; KIA, Chancellorsville); George W. Hooper (Russell; accidentally disabled; retired); Isaac F. Culver (Henry; wounded, Winchester); Majors John Brown Gordon (promoted); S. Perry Nesmith (Lowndes; KIA, Seven Pines); Augustus Manly Gordon (promoted); George W. Hooper (promoted); Isaac F. Culver (wounded, Sharpsburg; promoted); and Adjutants George Goldthwaite (Montgomery; resigned); Pace (Georgia; transferred); John Whit Thomas (Henry; KIA, Spotsylvania); Edgar Watson (Montgomery; KIA, Farmville).

Captains, and counties from which the companies came:
Co. "A", Henry Grays (Henry): Alexander C. Gordon (resigned, 21 Nov 61); James Newell Lightfoot (promoted); Isaac F. Culver (wounded, Boonsboro; promoted); Ervin M. Price (resigned, 21 Oct 62); Thomas Reese Lightfoot (KIA, Winchester); Sidney A. Willcoxon; Reuben A. Atkinson
Confederate Order of Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia 11-15 December 1862
General Robert E. Lee, CSA, commanding
FIRST CORPS (Lieutenant General James Longstreet)
SECOND CORPS (Lieut. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson)
D. H. Hill's Division (Maj. Gen. Daniel H. Hill)
First Brigade (Brig. Gen. Robert E. Rodes)
3rd Alabama (Col. Cullen A. Battle) (R)
5th Alabama (Col. J. M. Hall) (R)
6th Alabama
12th Alabama (Col. Samuel B. Pickens) (R)
26th Alabama (Col. E. A. O'Neal) (R)
A. P. Hill's Division (Maj. Gen. Ambrose P. Hill)
Ewell's Division (Brig. Gen. Jubal A. Early)
Jackson's Division (Brig. Gen. William B. Taliaferro)
Confederate Order of Battle GETTYSBURG: 1 - 3 July 1863
General Robert E. Lee, CSA, commanding
FIRST ARMY CORPS (Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet)
SECOND ARMY CORPS (Lieut. Gen. Richard S. Ewell)
Early's Division (Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early)
Rodes' Division (Maj. Gen. Robert E. Rodes)
Daniel's Brigade (Brig. Gen. Junius Daniel)
Iverson's Brigade (Brig. Gen. Alfred Iverson)
Doles' Brigade (Brig. Gen. George Doles)
Ramseur's Brigade (Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Ramseur)
O'Neal's Brigade (Col. Edward A. O'Neal)
3rd Alabama (Col. Cullin A. Battle)
5th Alabama (Col. Josephus M. Hall)
6th Alabama (Col. James N. Lightfoot) --- (Capt. M. L. Bowie)
12th Alabama (Col. Samuel B. Pickens)
26th Alabama (Lieut. Col. John C. Goodgame)
Artillery (Lieut. Col. Thomas H. Carter)
Johnson's Division (Maj. Gen. Edward Johnson)
THIRD ARMY CORPS (Lieut. Gen. Ambrose P. Hill)
The Battle of Antietam proved even more costly. Brigadier General George B. Anderson was mortally wounded. The roster of wounded men from Hillís Division seemed endless. Included on the list were Brigadier General Robert E. Rodes, Lt. Colonel James N. Lightfoot (6th Alabama), Colonel Edward Asbury OíNeal (26th Alabama), and Colonel D.K. McRae (5th North Carolina). paper article from the RICHMOND DISPATCH dated June 4, 1862. ( three days after the Battle of Seven Pines ) It is a casualty list written by Captain J.N. Lightfoot, captain Co B 6th Al Reg . Reuben ATKINSON's name, under KILLED, is the first name on the list. It was suggested that Capt. Lightfoot believed Reuben to be dead but, in fact he lived 3 days and died in the Richmond.

More About James Newell Lightfoot:
Burial: 1885, Abbeville City Cemetery.
Marriage Date: Nov 04, 1862, Henry County, AL.
Military service 1: May 07, 1863, Colonel of 6th AL. Infantry.180
Military service 2: Civil War: Lieutenant, Co. A, 6th Ala. Infantry, "the Henry Greys", later changed to Company B.
Military service 3: Civil War: wounded 5 times.
Military service 4: May 11, 1861, 2nd Lieutenant, Co. A, 6th AL. Infantry.
Military service 5: Nov 30, 1861, Captain, Co. A, 6th AL. Infantry.
Military service 6: May 30, 1862, promoted to Lt. Colonel.
Military service 7: May 31, 1862, wounded at Battle of Seven Pines.
Military service 8: Sep 17, 1862, wounded at Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam).
Military service 9: Jul 01, 1863, Wounded at Battle Of Gettysburg.
Military service 10: May 1864, wounded at Battle of the Wilderness.
Military service 11: Mar 11, 1865, Retirement.
Moved: 1871, Savannah, GA.
Occupation 1: Bet. 1871 - 1877, merchant - cotton business - Savannah.
Occupation 2: after war -farming.
Occupation 3: Bet. 1878 - 1885, cotton business - Eufaula, AL.
Raised by: uncle Rev. Edmund Cody.
Religion: Baptist.

More About James Newell Lightfoot and Mary Elizabeth Gordon:
Marriage: Nov 04, 1862, Hernry County, AL (Abbeville) by Rev. Edmund Cody.181, 182, 183

Children of James Newell Lightfoot and Mary Elizabeth Gordon are:
  1. +Catherine Evelyn Lightfoot, b. May 27, 1865, Henry County, AL (Abbeville), d. Jul 18, 1925, Duval County, FL (Jacksonville).
  2. +Mary Lillie Gordon Lightfoot, b. Sep 22, 1866, Henry County, AL (Abbeville), d. Feb 28, 1928, Henry County, AL (Abbeville).
  3. Lawrence Gordon Lightfoot, b. Apr 09, 1868, Henry County, AL (Abbeville), d. Dec 29, 1926, Montgomery County, AL (Montgomery) at age 55?.
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