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Buchanan Norton

Obituary of J. A. Norton, Washington, D. C.

Rev. J. A. Norton, for fifty years a Primitive Baptist minister, died at his home, in Washington, D. C., during July, after a long illness.

Mr. Norton was born on May 9, 1840, in Tippah County, Miss. During the War between the States he joined the 2d Mississippi Regiment, the first regiment organized in that State, in April, 1861. He drilled in Corinth under Capt. J. W. Buchanan. He arrived in Lynchburg on May 8, 1861, and from there was sent to guard Harper's Ferry. He served in the battles of Seven Pines, Seven Days, the Second Manassas engagement, Sharpsburg, Bristow, North Corinth, and the Wilderness. He was wounded nine times and was captured at Appomattox Courthouse, surrendering with General Lee's army on April 9, 1865.

Mr. Norton was Assistant Chaplain of Camp No. 171, U. C. V., of the District of Columbia. He was for a time with a Church in Washington, but most of his ministerial service was performed in Page County, Va.

He was married twice and is survived by a son and five daughters.

Funeral services were held at the Confederate Memorial Home in Washington and internment was in the Confederate section of Arlington Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were members of Camp 177.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1920.

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