John Jasper Simmons, pictured here in an ambrotype with an unidentified soldier (it is unknown which of the soldiers is Simmons), was sixteen years old when he enlisted in Captain Angus D. McLean’s Company H of the 6th Florida Infantry at Mount Vernon Arsenal in April 1862. He was on sick furlough shortly after his enlistment but was able to return to his regiment in time for its advance into Kentucky with General Kirby Smith. John Simmons was left sick in a Frankfort, Kentucky hospital on October 1, 1862 and died there a few days later.
Ref - State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/1658
This ambrotype shows two enlisted men of Company H, 6th Florida, a company mustered into Confederate service at the Mount Vernon Arsenal on April 2, 1862. One of these men is John Jasper Simmons and the other is probably his older brother Jesse (*). They both wear the type of flannel shirt commonly supplied to Confederate volunteers in the early part of the war. Influenced by Garibaldi’s patriots and their conquest of Naples in 1860, these were often made from red flannel – which made a brave show, but offered an ideal target for the enemy. (Richard J. Ferry & Florida Photographic Collection).
Ref - The Confederate Army 1861-65 (2): "Florida, Alabama & Georgia", By Ron Field, page 7
_() – Acording to “Walton County Federal Census, 1860 – “Paul Cephas Simmons ” head of household: East River, June 26, 1860”, John was the oldest male child in the household. There is no listing for a “Jesse Simmons” in the census. [MJS, 12 November 2012]_*