(1842 - 1862)
Home State: Mississippi
Education: U of Mississippi
Branch of Service: Infantry
From Holly Springs, he was a student at the University of Mississippi (Class of 1862) at the start of the war. He enlisted in Company A - the University Greys - of the 11th Mississippi Infantry at Dumfries, VA in October 1861 and was appointed 2nd Corporal in the Spring of 1862. He was slightly wounded at Gaines' Mill, VA on 26 June 1862.
On the Campaign
He was mortally wounded in action in the left leg during skirmishing at Sharpsburg on the evening of 16 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was taken to Shepherdstown, VA and his leg was amputated. He was captured there about 19 September but paroled and sent to a hospital in Richmond, VA on 30 September. By late November he was in Chimborazo Hospital #4 in Richmond being treated for pyemia (blood poisoning). While walking on crutches there he fell and opened an artery, dying of blood loss on 26 December 1862. He was 20 years old.
He was originally buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond, but his remains were later taken home by his family.
References & notes
His basic service from his Compiled Confederate Service Records. Details from the Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the University of Mississippi (1894), Reardon & Vossler's A Field Guide to Antietam (2010), and a story about his death posted by Starke Miller who credits Marie S. Moore in the Pigeon Roost News (Holly Springs, MS) of 22 December 1982. Fant's gravesite is on Findagrave. His military records also found under Taylor Lewis Fant.
More on the Web
Fant's is among the names of men who were killed or died of their wounds engraved on the 11th Mississippi memorial at Sharpsburg, online from Steve A. Hawks at Stone Sentinels.
07/06/1842; Marshall County, MS
12/26/1862; Richmond, VA; burial in Hill Crest Cemetery, Holly Springs, MS