I meant to include this in my earlier post to give you an idea of CSA record keeping. I had a Great-Great Uncle who, according to family records and letters from friends with whom he served, was killed in the assault on Culp's Hill on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg. I can find no official accounting for his death. All his family knew was that he was alive when the army went to Pennsylvania, but he never came home. A letter, to my Great-Great Grandmother, from a fellow soldier stated he was killed. Here is an excerpt from the letter. I have left the spelling intact.
" ..it is a sad duty i must tak in han to tel you of you son jim who was kild on the secnd day of july we was under hevy fir from th enimie guns and jim was a hed of us so he was not abel to fall back as the rest of us he was kild clos to the enimie works we cud not get to him to giv him a proper buril to men from c compny was kild as well.... jim was my frind.."
I believe the man who wrote this was later missing at Payne's Farm
I can find no official casualty report which holds my ancestor's name. All we have is the letter from a comrade.