(c. 1833 - 1863)
Home State: Florida
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Florida Infantry
In 1860 he was a 27 year old farmer at Middleburg, Clay County, FL. He mustered at Camp Hunt in Jacksonville as a Private in Company I, 8th Florida Infantry on 12 May 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.
The rest of the War
He was furloughed on 8 October 1862 and returned to duty, date not given. He was mortally wounded at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863 and died at the Pennsylvania College (now Gettysburg College) hospital, date not given. He was originally buried on the grounds there as "E. French, Co. I, 8th South Carolina."
After the War
His remains were probably reinterred in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA in May 1873.
References & notes
His service from the State of Florida1 and the Biographical Rosters,2 as Edward French. Gettysburg details from the Buseys,3 also as Edward. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to Mark Simmons for the poke to correct Private French's story.
He married Mary Ann Doyle (1845-1862) and they had a daughter Mary Florence (1862-1934).
c. 1833 in CANADA
07/1863; Gettysburg, PA
1 State of Florida, Board of State Institutions, Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian, Civil and Spanish-American Wars, Live Oak (FL): Democrat Print, 1903, pg. 203 [AotW citation 15527]
2 Hartman, David W., and David Coles, compilers, Biographical Rosters of Florida's Confederate and Union Soldiers, 1861-1865, 6 volumes, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1995, Vol. II. pg. 854 [AotW citation 27369]
3 Busey, John W., and Travis W. Busey, Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg: A Comprehensive Record, Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 2017, pg. 262 [AotW citation 27370]