(1837 - 1910)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 33rd Virginia Infantry
In 1860 he was a 22 year old farmer on his parent's place at East Liberty in Page County, VA. He enlisted as 3rd Corporal of Company H, 33rd Virginia Infantry on 1 June 1861 in Luray, VA. He was absent, sick, for much of late 1861 and early 1862, and reduced to Private on 1 April 1862. He was appointed 4th Sergeant on 1 August 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was absent, recovering to the end of 1862, but returned to duty. He was left behind, sick, at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863 and captured. He was in the US hospital in West's Buildings, Baltimore to 12 November 1863, when he was transferred to City Point, VA for exchange. He was appointed Ensign and First Lieutenant on 28 April 1864, but was captured again, at Spotsylvania, VA on 12 May 1864 and a prisoner at Fort Delaware. He was released on 30 January 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance to the United States (as Sergeant, Company H).
After the War
By 1870 and to his death at age 72 in 1900 he was a farmer at Shenandoah Iron Works (Township) near Luray in Page County, VA. He also served as District Supervisor for "several terms."
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1900, and his obituary in the Page News and Courier of 6 May 1910, which addresses him as Captain Keyser. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph of unknown provenance contributed by user csareb.
He married Bellzoria Virginia "Belle" Kite (1843-1913) in October 1866 and they had 11 children.
12/29/1837; Page County, VA
04/29/1910; Springfield, VA; burial in Keyser Family Graveyard, Alma, VA