Gravestone Inscription: "Living, he made the poor man's heart glad, at his death, the sorrowing ones more sad."
Confederate Army Service:
Appears on the Muster Roll of the 33rd Alabama Infantry, Co K (under the command of Captain William Lee); enlisted at Montgomery on 11 May 1862 for a period of three years.
Certificate of Disability for Discharge dated 9 June 1862 describes him as age 18, 5'8" in height, light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair, occupation farmer. The certificate was issued at Tupelo, Mississippi, and is signed by Captain Lee and A. W. Griggs, Surgeon, and states:
"I certify that I have carefully examined the said Edmond D. Fleming, Private of Captain W. J. Lee's Company and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of epilepsy, several attacks of which I have witnessed and am confident that it is unfeigned and that in consequence thereof, I recommend him to be discharged. "
On the reverse: "Richmond, Sept. 27, 1862. Respectfully returned to the Colonel of the Regiment for date of discharge. By command of the Secy. of War. Ast. Adjt. Genl."
Edmon's military career continued in
Florida, where he apparently reenlisted without detection of his previous medical
discharge. He appears on the Muster Roll of the 15th Regt. Confederate Cavalry,
enlisting at Santa Rosa, Florida, on 27 December 1862, by Captain W. B. Amos for a period
of the duration of the war.
Company Muster Roll - Captain W. B. Amos's Company of Partisan Rangers (Later Co. D, 3rd Battalion Florida Cavalry) - Mar/Apr 1863: Last paid by Capt. Pope, $48 for use of horse - Present
Company Muster Roll - Partisan Rangers - May/June 1863: Last paid by Capt. McVoy, Apr 30, 1863 - Present
Company Muster Roll - Co. D, 3rd Batt'n Cavalry - Aug 31, 1863: Last paid by Capt. McVoy, Apr. 30
Company Muster Roll - Co. I - Sept 12 1863: Last paid by Capt. McVoy Apr. 30 1863 - Present
Company Muster Roll - Co. I - Sept/Oct 1863: Last paid by Capt. McVoy, Aug. 31 1863 - Absent (On scout)
Company Muster Roll - Co. I - Nov/Dec 1863: Last paid by Capt. A. McVoy Oct 31, 1863 - Present
Company Muster Roll - Co. I - Dec 1863/Apr 30 1864: Last paid by Capt. Gonzalez, Dec. 31, 1863 - Present
Company Muster Roll - Co. I - May/June 1864: Last paid by Capt. Gonzalez, Dec. 31, 1863 - Present
Register of Paroled Confederate
Soldiers for the month of June, 1865, by Maj. Ross Wilkinson, A.D.C. and Provost Marshall,
16th A.C.: Date June 8, 1865.
Headquarters 16th Army Corps, Office Provost Marshal, Montgomery, AL
"I, the undersigned E. D. Fleming, Private I 15 CSA do solemnly swear that I will not bear arms against the United States of America, or give any information, or do any military duty whatever, until regularly exchanged as a prisoner of war." (Signed - E. D. Fleming)
Parole is signed, By Order of Major General A. J. Smith, by J. A. Sexton, Capt. 72d Illinois Infantry and Asst. Provost Marshal. (View image of document)