Private John H. Keadle was born ca. 1848 in Florida. His family relocated to Florida from Virginia sometime after 1838.
In 1860 he was living near Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida at the residence of his father, John H. Keadle, along with his mother and two brothers.
Young John enlisted in Captain Davidson’s Company on March 15th, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida; he stated his age as “16” (his date of birth puts his age at 14 years). He was listed as absent sick when the company was mustered into Confederate service on April 18th, and would be absent from the company until March 12th, 1863. He caught up with the company, and was present with it until November 25th, 1863.
During the period, he pulled guard duty with the City Police at Knoxville; once from August 16-17th, and again from August 22-23rd, 1863. He was reported as missing in action at Missionary Ridge on November 25th, 1863; he was captured and sent to the military prison at Louisville Kentucky, then transferred to the Military Prison at Rock Island, Illinois on December 8th, 1863.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Rock Island, Illinois on October 31st, 1864 and was assigned to frontier service.
His date of death and place of interment are unknown.