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Confederate (CSV)


John L. Speake

(1836 - 1885)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: Medical College of South Carolina, Class of 1860

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion

Before Sharpsburg

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.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action at Fox's Gap on 14 September 1862.

The rest 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 & notes

Basic information from Davis1. His gravesite is on Findagrave.




09/01/1885; burial in 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]