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Born in Patrick County, Virginia to Giles Shelton and Nancy Spencer, they lived just over the county line in Franklin.

Josiah enlisted at Young's Store in Franklin County into Company B of the 57th VA Infantry. Josiah is also a grandson to Josiah and Fathey Ford Shelton.

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Subsequent cards state that he rec'd injuries including a fracture of the thigh, at the Battle of Gettysburg and died soon thereafter on July 27, 1863.

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