James Elmo Derriso (1840 - 1862)

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Birthplace: Jefferson, Jackson, GA, USA
Death: Died in Richmond, Virginia, United States
Managed by: Catherine "Erin" Spiceland
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About James Elmo Derriso

James Elmo Deriso, son of Moses and Anne Folks Deriso, was born on April 25, 1840 in Jefferson County, Georgia. He moved to Emanuel County, with his family. When the Civil War broke out in 1861 both the North and South called for young, able-bodied men to join the army. After the Confederate victory in the Battle of Bull Run or Manassas on July 21, 1861, many young southern men sign up to fight to the South. In Emanuel County, John N Wilcox began to organize a company of volunteers to join the fight. His company was organized on September 10, 1861 with 69 volunteers joining the company. Among the volunteers were James Elmo Deriso, his brother Green T Deriso, and his new brother-in-law, Henry Farmer. Henry died on February 10, 1862. James was listed as having a dark complexion, dark hair and gray eyes. He was five foot ten inches tall. He enlisted for three years or for the war. He would receive $11.00 a month plus $25.00 month clothing allowance. The new company, known as the Emanuel Rangers, were sent to Camp Stephens located near Big Shanty, Georgia for training. It was at Big Shanty where the Union raiders would hijack the locomotive "General" in an attempt to disrupt the Confederate railroads.

On November 13, 1861 the 28th Georgia Regiment was formed and ordered to Manassas, Virginia. The Emanuel Rangers became Company K of the 28th Georgia Regiment. The 28th Georgia remained in Manassas until February 1862 when General Joseph E Johnson moved his forces out in anticipation of Union General George McClellan began his Peninsula Campaign in March 1862. The 28th Georgia was assigned to Brigadier General Winfield Scott Featherson's Brigade part of General Gabriel J Raines Division later the Fourth division under General Daniel Harvey Hill of the Army of Northern Virginia. In April 1862, before any of the fighting would begin James Deriso was sent to the Third Georgia Hospital. He died there on April 18, 1862, just a week short of his 21st birthday. Almost two months later his brother, Green T Deriso would die on June 3, 1862 from wounds received from the Battle of Seven Pines on May 31, 1862.

Moses received word to the death's of his son's from the Confederate Army. He filed a claim for the back pay on June 25, 1862. He obtained affidavits to show that he was their father and they did not leave any heirs. He traveled to Richmond, Virginia to claim their possessions and back pay. He received James' back pay from February 26 to April 18, 1862 for 17.60 and clothing allowance of $25.30, which totaled $42.60. It is uncertain where the Deriso brothers are buried but they may have been buried in Richmond, Virginia.

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James Derriso's Timeline

1840
April 25, 1840
Jefferson, Jackson, GA, USA
1862
April 18, 1862
Age 21
Richmond, Virginia, United States