Private Fountain H. Shepard was born April 4th, 1833 at Gadsden County, Florida. He married Mahala C. (née Pickett) in 1854. In 1860 he, along with wife Mahala and two sons, were living in the Concord near Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida. The 1860 census lists his occupation as farming, with real estate valued at $400 and a personal estate of some $1,400.
He enlisted on March 12th, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida in Captain Davidson’s Company; Fountain stated his age as 28. He was present with the company when it departed the state, and was promoted to 3rd Corporal on August 1st, 1862, and then to 1st Corporal early in 1863.
He was present with the company until November 30th, 1863 when he was given a furlough of 30 days due to being wounded at Missionary Ridge on November 23rd. The injury caused the loss of the fore-finger of the left hand, and damaged the wrist; he had not returned to the company by the end of February, 1864.
He may have not healed sufficiently to have returned in any case; he surrendered at Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida on May 10th, 1865 and was paroled from there ten days later.
Fountain applied for and was awarded a Florida Confederate Pension.
He died on January 17th, 1905, and is interred at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery, Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida.