Private Joseph C. Fletcher was born ca. 1843 at Irwin County, Georgia.
In 1860, he was living near Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida, at his father Joseph’s residence along with his mother and eight other children. He was the second of seven Fletcher children; Frances and James Tomberlin, both 11 years of age, also resided at the Fletcher residence. Young Joseph listed his profession as farm laboring; he had attended school with 12 months of the census.
In 1861, he enlisted in Captain Rabon Scarborough’s Florida State Militia Company, the “Dixie Blues”. He reenlisted into Confederate service with Davidson’s Company on March 13th, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida. He was recorded as absent sick at Calhoun County, Florida until June 30th, 1862; he returned to the company about June 30th and was present with it until December 22nd, 1862. After completion of his detached service, he returned to the company and was present with it until he was again detached for duty, this time to the City Police at Knoxville, Tennessee on April 25th, 1863. He was documented on a clothing issue receipt dated September 10th, 1864; he died on November 30, 1864.
His place of death and of interment are unknown; given the date of his death, he may have been killed in action at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.