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Confederate (CSV)


John Fletcher Townsend

(1832 - 1921)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 27 year old farmer in Cokesbury, Abbeville District, he enlisted as a Private in Perryman's Company, soon part of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry on 15 April 1861. A year later he enlisted as Private, Company B, 7th South Carolina Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on Maryland Heights near Harpers Ferry on 13 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was in hospitals in Richmond, VA into February 1863. He was appointed 3rd Corporal to date from 1 January 1863 and elected 3rd Lieutenant on 19 August. He as promoted to 2nd Lieutenant about May 1864 and wounded again, severely in the left elbow at Cedar Creek, VA on 19 October 1864. He ws promoted to First Lieutenant in April 1865, but was surrendered on 26 April 1865 and paroled at Greensboro, NC on 2 May 1865.

References & notes

His service from Swain1 and the Roll,2 as J. Fletcher Townsend. Personal details from family genealogists. His death certificate has his name simply as Fletcher Townsend. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Fannie H. Norwood (1837-1871) in 1855 and they had 2 daughters. He married again.

His brother James, First Lieutenant of Company B, was also wounded on Maryland Heights.


04/14/1832 in SC


06/04/1921; Orangeburg, SC; burial in Sunnyside Cemetery, Orangeburg, SC


1   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pp. 655-56  [AotW citation 24678]