(1844 - 1918)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
A 16 year old farm boy on his father's place near Rocky Well in the Lexington District, giving his age as 18, he enlisted as Private, Company K, 13th South Carolina Infantry on 10 September 1861 at Lexington Court House.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was wounded again, at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863 and captured there on the 5th. He was in the US DeCamp Hospital in New York Harbor to 24 August when he was paroled. He was furloughed home from a hospital in Williamsburg, VA on 7 September and afterward served with his Company to the surrender at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.
After the War
He was a farmer in Lexington County.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records, also as Joseph F Kyser, with his wound from the casualty list for the 13th South Carolina (Confederate States Army Casualty Lists and Narrative Reports, RG 109, NARA), as J.F. Keizer; both are online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. He changed his name to Kaiser sometime after he married, and all of his children have that surname. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as Joseph Franklin Kaiser.
He married Ellen Marietta Seay (1847-1933) and they had 7 children between 1869 and 1887.
12/08/1844; Lexington, SC
08/24/1918; burial in St. David's Lutheran Church Cemetery, West Columbia, Lexington County, SC