(Prewar?) photo of Pvt. Chesley Alderman of I Company,
Ninth Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment, C.S.A.



From Lillian Henderson's "Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865":
Alderman, Chestley----- private June 10, 1861 . Wounded in leg and captured at Gettysburg, Pa. July 2, 1863 . Died from wounds and amputation of leg, in hospital near Gettysburg, Pa., July 19, 1863 .


3 October, 1863. Pvt. Alderman was awarded the CSA "Roll of Honor", "to the officers, non-com-missioned officers, and privates of the armies of the Confederate States conspicuous for courage and good conduct on the field of battle" This was the highest honor a CSA soldier could obtain, differing from the USA "Medal of Honor" in that the men in his Company selected him.

cbanks@frontiernet.net writes:
Hello Mr. Griffin,
I would like to tell that there is a cenotaph for Chesley Alderman in the old
burying ground begun by Chesley's father, Thomas Alderman here in
Bulloch County, Georgia. It is still an active family cemetery. This is
known as the Thomas Alderman cemetery and located in the Westside
section of the county.
The marker for Chesley is a government marker and has the word,
"Cenotaph," on the bottom of the marker. It was put there years ago, I
don't know when.
Recently I learned that Chesley was named to the Confederate Roll of Honor
for his heroism at Gettysburg. As a tribute to this brave soldier and
many of his kinsmen here, the Ogeechee Rifles, Camp # 941 of Sons
of Confederate Veterans are planning to honor him at our observance
of Confederate Memorial Day on Saturday, April 23, 2005. We will
have a cereremony. There re-enactors and a group of these men will
fire volleys and cannon, etc.
Chesley Alderman was first cousin to my grandmother, therefore he is my
first cousin, twice removed. Sincerely,
Smith C. Banks

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