(1838 - 1902)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry
In 1860 he was a 22 year old student living with his father Patrick B. May and siblings on a farm at Belmont in Sumter County, AL. He enlisted there as a Private in Company E, 5th Alabama Infantry on 4 April 1862. He was promoted to Corporal, probably in 1862.
On the Campaign
He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was a prisoner at Fort Delaware until 2 October when he was sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was sick in a Richmond hospital to at least 5 November, was declared officially exchanged and eligible to return to duty on 10 November 1862, and was furloughed for 15 days that day. He was listed afterwards as absent without leave since 2 October 1862, and by August 1864 as presumed to have died, with no later record with the 5th Infantry.
He had, rather, been commissioned First Lieutenant of Company F, 5th Alabama Cavalry (Gen. Phillip Roddey's Brigade) by May 1863, was promoted to Captain the same month, and served with them in the Western Theater. He was captured and paroled in Alabama on 11 May 1865.
After the War
In 1900 he was in Livingston, Sumter County, AL. He died two years later at age 74 at the Confederate Home at Mountain Creek, Chilton, AL, having outlived a wife and 11 children.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3, also as F.P. May; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. Personal details from family genealogists, his obituary in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 12 December 1902, and the US Census of 1860 and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
05/1828 in AL
12/05/1902; Mountain Creek, AL; burial in Confederate Memorial Park Cemetery #1, Chilton County, AL
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 28038]