(1839 - 1902)
Home State: North Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
In 1860 he was 20 years old and lived on his parent's farm on Rocky Creek, Iredell County, NC. He enlisted as a Private in Company C, 4th North Carolina Infantry on 26 February 1862 in Statesville.
On the Campaign
He was captured at Boonesboro, MD on 15 September 1862 - the day following the regiment's fight at Fox's Gap on South Mountain.
The rest of the War
He was a prisoner at Fort Delaware by about 20 September, paroled and sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange on 2 October, and declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was the subject of a court martial in February 1863, charges and outcome not given. He was wounded by a gunshot to his right hip at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 but was back with his Company in October 1863.
He was wounded by a gunshot to his left arm and shoulder/chest (his humerus broken) and was captured, again, at Winchester, VA on 20 September 1864, by then a Corporal. He was in a US Army field hospital at Winchester to 10 December 1864, in the US Army hospital in West's Buildings in Baltimore, then transferred to Fort McHenry on 5 January 1865. He was sent to Point Lookout, MD and exchanged on 20 February, and then in a hospital in Richmond, VA until he was furloughed home on 1 (or 6) March 1865. He signed a parole at Salisbury, NC on 28 May 1865.
After the War
By 1880 and to at least 1900 he was a farmer at Turnersburg in Iredell County, NC.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records (CSR),1 via fold3, also as J.A. Fluster and Flemster, and the Roster.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880 and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Sarah Elizabeth Godbey (1840-1908) and they had 8 children between 1861 and 1877.
He's easily confused with John Abner S. Feimster (b. 1841), 2nd Lieutenant of Company C, who died on 22 May 1863 of wounds received at Chancellorsville, VA. Their CSR cards are mingled in one file.
11/04/1839; Olin, NC
03/01/1902; Iredell County, NC; burial in Clarksbury United Methodist Church Cemetery, Harmony, NC
1 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 27535]
2 Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966- [AotW citation 27536]