Private John J. Sikes was born ca. 1844 in Florida.
In 1860 he was living near Bristol, Liberty County, Florida, at his father Edward’s residence along with his mother Elizabeth. John had two older sisters and one younger brother.
He enlisted on May 4th, 1862 at Rico’s Bluff, Liberty County, Florida in Captain Davidson’s Company. John was present with the company from the date of enlistment through September 19th, 1863. During that period, he pulled police duty on the streets at Knoxville, Tennessee on August 22, 1863 and was relieved on August 23, 1863.
He was mortally wounded at Chickamauga, Georgia on September 20th, 1863 and sent to the Fairground Hospital # 1 at Atlanta. John died of his wound on October 22nd, 1863, and is interred at Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.