(? - 1862)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 12th Alabama Infantry
He enlisted in Company I, 12th Alabama Infantry, date not given.
On the Campaign
He was mortally wounded by gunshot to the hip and was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #5 in Frederick, MD, on 18 October with a bullet deep in his hip, suffering from anemia and suppuration (probably from infection). He was put "under chloroform" for surgery to remove the bullet on 19 October 1862, but ceased breathing during surgery and died. An autopsy found no obvious cause of death other than his poor condition.
After the War
He may have been reinterred from his original burial at Mt. Olivet in Frederick to the Washington Confederate Cemetery in Hagerstown in about 1874.
References & notes
Wound and hospital details from the Patient List 1 and the MSHWR.2 Burial information from Pruett, 3 as J.R. Fitske. His gravestones at Mt. Olivet Cemetery are on Findagrave; he may still be there. His modern stone has him as J.R. Fitske, his original says J.R. Fitsk or Pitsk.
He's not found in the Alabama Archives records or Compiled Service Records for the regiment under either name.
10/19/1862; Frederick, MD; burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD
1 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #1.133 [AotW citation 20040]
2 Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Vol. 2, Pt. 3, pg. 893 [AotW citation 20041]
3 Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010 [AotW citation 4667]