The Resource Military commissions, 1861-1864
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- Military commissions, 1861-1864, for John P. Fitzgerald (1837-1898) of Prince Edward County, Virginia, consisting of a commission, 15 August 1861, from Governor John Letcher of Virginia to Fiztgerald appointing him a captain in the 63rd Regiment, 11th Brigade, 1st Division of the Virginia militia, to date from 25 July 1861; a commission, 31 July 1863, from James A. Seddon, Secretary of War, to Fitzgerald appointing him major of the 23rd Virginia Infantry, to date from 10 June 1863; and a commission, 7 March 1864, from Seddon to Fitzgerald appointing him lieutenant colonel of the 23rd Virginia Infantry, to date from 27 November 1863
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- John Paterson Fitzgerald was born 15 May 1837. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College. He became a lawyer and practiced in Prince Edward County. When the Civil War began, Fitzgerald was appointed captain of the 23rd Virginia Infantry. Wounded at the battle of Antietam, he was promoted to major in 1863. After a promotion to lieutenant colonel, Fitzgerald was captured at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Later exchanged, he commanded his regiment at the surrender at Appomattox. Fitzgerald returned to Prince Edward County, and returned to his law practice and to farming. He served as a trustee of Hampden-Sydney College. Fitzgerald married Florida F. Flournoy (1843-1913) 24 December 1863. He died in Prince Edward County 10 June 1898, and was buried in Westview Cemetery.
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