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Confederate (CSV)

Private

Johann Friederich Spaeth

"John"

(1836 - 1879)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Louisiana Volunteer Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He came to America and was probably living with his family in Cincinnati before 1849. He enlisted in Company C, First Louisiana Infantry as Private on 27 May 1861 in New Orleans at age 25. He was detailed as a cook in a hospital and on other detached duty from January to April 1862. He was promoted to Sergeant, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right leg near the ankle by a gunshot and captured in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

The lower part of his leg was amputated the next day and he was treated at the "Kershaw's Brigade" field hospital near Sharpsburg. He was sent to Fortress Monroe, VA in October and exchanged at Aiken's Landing, VA on 10 November 1862. He was absent, wounded, to June 1863, in a hospital in Lynchburg, VA to October 1863, and sick in a hospital in Charlottesville, VA in February 1864. He was still absent, on furlough, to the last roll, of 31 August 1864.

After the War

He died in Cincinnati, relatively young, at age 43.

References & notes

Service information from Booth.1 Medical and other details from Fisher,2 who was probably his surgeon at Sharpsburg. Both have him as John F. Spath. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

His older brother Johann C.H. Spaeth (1827-1894) took the Union side and enlisted in an Ohio Cavalry Company in 1861.

Birth

02/14/1836 in GERMANY

Death

12/19/1879 Cincinnati, OH; burial in Walnut Hills Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH

Notes

1   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 3, Book 2, Part 2, pg. 655  [AotW citation 22312]

2   Fisher, Geoge Jackson, MD, Report of Fifty-seven Cases of Amputations ... after the Battle of Antietam, The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 1863-01-01, pg. 48 (Table II, #13)  [AotW citation 22315]