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Confederate (CSV)


John L. Speake

(1836 - 1885)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion


Before the Antietam Campaign:
A graduate of the Medical College of South Carolina (1860) he enlisted as Private in Company D, 3rd South Carolina Infantry Regiment on 21 December 1861 at Camp Evans, Edisto Island, SC at age 25. He was detached to man a battery at Pineberry Point, Edisto Island, SC in February 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was captured in action at Fox's Gap on 14 September 1862.

The remainder of the War:
He was sent to Fort McHenry, and on to Fortress Monroe, VA, on 17 October 1862, where he was exchanged. He was on extra duty to the Medical Department as hospital steward in June 1863. He was appointed Assistant Surgeon, CSA, and assigned to the 15th South Carolina Infantry on 20 February 1864. He was paroled at Greensboro, NC as Assistant Surgeon, 7th South Carolina Infantry (probably May 1865).

After the War:
He married Hattie Fellers on 28 November 1866 and practiced medicine in Newberry County.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Davis1. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth Date: 01/16/1836    
College: Medical College of South Carolina    Graduating Year: 1860    
Death Date: 09/01/1885    Burial Place: Hopewell Methodist Cemetery, Joanna, SC


1   Davis, Sam B., A History of the 3rd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Battalion (James Battalion): 1861-1865 , Wilmington (NC): Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2009, pp. 68-71, Roster  [AotW citation 16052]

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