Private. John E. Pittman was born in Florida ca. 1844. In 1860 he was living near Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida, at his father Owen’s residence along with his mother Elizabeth and three younger brothers. John’s parents were well-off; Owen was a carpenter, and Elizabeth reported holding real estate valued at $3,000, and a personal estate valued at $1,000. John and his siblings had all attended school with twelve months of the 1860 census.
John enlisted on March 12, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida in Captain Davidson’s Company. He was rejected by the inspecting officer on April 18th, 1862 (likely about the time that regiment was taken into Confederate service); however, his rejection was apparently overturned, as he was reported present with the company from June 30th, 1862 through October 15th, 1863. During the period, he pulled guard duty with the City Police at Knoxville from August 16-17th.
On October 15th, 1863, he was granted a furlough of 60 days from Forsythe, Georgia as a result of having been wounded (likely on the 19th or 20th of September at Chickamauga).
He returned to the company in January, 1864, and remained with it until he was captured at Nashville on December 16th, 1864. He was sent to the military prison at Louisville Kentucky where he arrived on December 22nd. He was transferred to the military prison at Camp Chase, Ohio, where arrived on January 6th, 1865.
John died while in captivity on February 11th, 1865 and is interred at Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.