Unit Served: 8th Florida Infantry
Cemetery and Address: Long Pond, Florida
Born on April 9, 1832 in Bulloch County, Georgia. He joined the Confederate Army in May 1862. He was wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness. In October 1864 records show he was still in the hospital recovering from those wounds. Family history says he was wounded again and captured. He was released on April 17,1865. He died on March 3, 1898 and was issued a VA (Confederate) tombstone for his grave in Long Pond Cemetery, Dixie County, Florida.
Jacob Futch was the first son of Henry Futch and Jane Deloach. Jacob married first Rebecca Innis, January 23, 1853, in Georgia. Secondly, he married Mary Lee, 1865, in Lafayette County, Florida. Mary was the daughter of Andrew Lee and Elizabeth Brown. Jacob and Mary were the parents of Eliza, William “Boy”, Ellen, Richard H. “Ed”, John F., Lucy “Lou”, Creasy A., Eli F. “Griff”, Nancy E., and Sealy.
Jacob served three years in the Army of the Confederacy. He enlisted at Station No. 5, P & G Railroad, on May 8, 1862, and was assigned to Company A, 8th Florida Infantry, under the command of Captain Burrell A. Bobo, and Regimental Commander Colonel R.F. Floyd.
In the campaign of The Wilderness in May 1864, the Brigade lost 250 men. Jacob Futch was wounded in this battle and was sent to the General Hospital at Liberty, Virginia. Records show that he was issued clothing there on May 21, 1864. Company Muster Rolls for September and October 1864 show that he was absent for reason of being in the hospital because of wounds sustained at the Wilderness. The next record appears in April 1865 at the War’s end. Jacob’s name appeared on a register of refugees and rebel deserters received by the Provost Marshal General in Washington, D.C., on April 17, 1865. It was ordered that he be furnished transportation to Cedar Key, Florida. It seems that Jacob had stuck it out, since this was eight days after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.