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J.H. Fryer

J.H. Fryer

Confederate (CSV)


John Holland Fryer

(1836 - 1881)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a 24 year old farmer on his father's place in Barbour County when he enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant, Company A, 5th Alabama Infantry on 15 May 1861 at Clayton, AL.

On the Campaign

He was wounded and captured at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was paroled by October 1862. He was listed as missing and supposed captured at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863. He was wounded again, shot through his left lung at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863 and "left in hands of the enemy." He was held at Johnson's Island, OH to the end of the war.

After the War

He was living in Texas by 1870 and in 1880 he was a farmer in Freestone County, TX. He died there of pneumonia in 1881 at age 45.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama.1 His wounding at Sharpsburg also in a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph of unknown provenance, hosted by Calvin & Rosanna Hamilton.

He married Martha Elizabeth Daniel (1847-1925) in January 1869 and they had 5 children.


04/01/1836 in SC


04/30/1881; Freestone County, TX; burial in Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, TX


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=66240, etc.  [AotW citation 25632]