Joseph Artie Coston Civil War Service

Member Joe Coston submitted the following as a comment on the “Correction on John T. Potter Burial Site Dedication” post. It was decided it should also be shared as its on post as it provides interesting information about his ancestor Joseph Coston.

My great-grandfather, Joseph Artie Coston, who was a Confederate veteran (and a union veteran) is also buried at Shady Grove. His grave is in the far left corner of the cemetery and is (or was 15 years or so ago) marked with a Confederate veteran marker.

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Joseph Artie Coston was born in Alabama, probably near Mt. Andrew in Barbour County but possibly in
Bibb County, on 5 January 1841. followed the example of his father and became a farmer. He
married Jemima Voorhees about 25 October 1867.

He joined Company K, 29th Alabama Infantry Regiment Confederate service at Clayton, Alabama immediately before the 10th of March 1862.

Confederate records show that Joseph A. Coston was reported as “missing” on a list of casualties and Federal records indicate that he was captured at Nashville on 15 December 1864. He was sent to the military prison at Camp Douglas (now in Chicago), Illinois on 20 December 1864.

On 1 April 1865, while still incarcerated at Camp Douglas, Joseph joined other prisoners who swore allegiance to the United States Government and enlisted in Company F, 5th U. S. Volunteer Infantry for three years with the understanding that they would serve on the western frontier. His service records indicate that he served as a private soldier until he was mustered out on 15 October 1866 at Fort Kearny, Nebraska Territory.

Coston family oral history related that Joseph Artie was a year and a half later than the rest of the Confederate soldiers in returning from the Civil War but did not provide a reason for hid tardiness except that ‘he had been in a Yankee prison camp.’ It is possible that he told no one of this adventure. His grandson, Ocie Coston, did not know that he had enlisted in the U. S. Army, and there is no evidence that any of his descendants were aware of this fact.

Joseph and his family moved to the Stout community in Wood County, Texas sometime between 1888 and 1900 where they resumed farming. Jemima died on 13 January 1919 and Joseph died on 17 January 1934 at the age of 93. Both are buried in Shady Grove.

Correction on John T. Potter Burial Site Dedication

Member Vi Shirey has updated us with a change on the date for the John T. Potter dedication at Shady Grove Cemetery. It “has been changed to October 22, the 164th birthday of John T. Potter.” This is a better date for the honor guard which will conduct its ceremony. “This will also allow for a more elaborate ceremony, flags, gun salute, taps, and the reading of the names of other Civil War veterans buried at Shady Grove.” She added that this also coincides with Winnsboro’s annual Autumn Trails celebration.

John Potter of Wood County

We have received the following email from member Violet Shirey:

John T. Potter was in the Civil War and is buried at Shady Grove, Winnsboro.

His tombstone does not show he was in the war. Is there any way we can get a medalion or whatever it is they put on tombstones? Will appreciate your help.

I am mailing your information on the Decendants of John T. Potter and information about his millitary record. (Note: We will publish this in the online bulletin and then the newsletter upon receipt. dh)

He was my daughter’s (Linda S. Shirey’s) g g g grandfather.

v.shirey@sbcglobal.net

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