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I have a 1984 reprint copy of the "Register of Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Who Died in Federal Prisons and Military Hospitals in the North" (U. S. War Department, 1912). There is no George A. Davidson listed in the index, nor did I find that name listed among the Oak Woods Cemetery (Chicago) burials. However, Private George D. DAVIDSON, Company D, 12th Louisiana is listed as buried in Forest Hill Cemetery near Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconson.

I have him listed in my 12th Louisiana data base as Private George A. Davidson who enlisted with the Jackson Sharpshooters (Company D1, H2) on August 13, 1861 at Camp Moore, Louisiana. He was captured sick in the hospital at Island No. 10 on April 7, 1862 and received at Camp Randall, Wisconsin on April 24th. He died of disease at Camp Randall on May 2, 1862. This information comes from the Compiled Military Service Records and also appears in Booth's "Records" published by the State of Louisiana in 1920. Booth gives his date of death as May 3, 1862.

The 1912 War Department "Register" also gives his date of death as May 3, 1862, but this may actually be the date of his burial. His middle initial is shown as "D" in this register and his company as Company D. The Jackson Sharpshooters were designated Company D at Camp Moore in 1861 and re-designated Company H when they enrolled for three years or the war at Fort Pillow, Tennessee on May 19, 1862. The company was recruited in 1861 primarily from residents of Jackson Parish.

The 1912 War Department "Register" is the source of names and information presented on the memorial headstones in Forest Hill Cemetery which is located near the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Their football stadium is the Camp Randall Stadium.

I would like to know more about this soldier. Please contact me by e-mail at to exchange some additional personal information.

Hugh Simmons

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