|Private Thomas Henry O'Brien
THOMAS HENRY OBRIEN
Thomas was born on December 6, 1842 one of eight children of Francis
Kirkpatrick OBrien and Judith Forbes OBrien.
Thomas Henry OBrien joined the Confederate Army on May 22, 1861,
at the age of 19. Thomas was a Private in Co. A 57th Virginia Infantry. He
served the CSA until 4-1-1865, just 8 days before the Surrender at Appomattox, when he was captured at Five Forks near Dinwiddie
Courthouse and was taken to Point Lookout, Maryland where he was held until June 15, 1865 when he signed the Oath not to take
up arms against the United States. He then returned to Buckingham County.
He married Parthena Bettie Elizabeth Bagby on November 30, 1870.
Bettie had a sister named Mildred Frances (Fanny) Bagby who was married to Thomas H. Wooldridge. Bettie and Fannie were the daughters of James H. and Pauline Smith Cason Bagby.
Thomas and Bettie had ten children: Mildred, Martha, Louis, Elnora,
Edna, James, Lelia, Theodosia (sis), Henry, and Joseph. The children were born and raised in Buckingham County in a house
known as Patteson Tavern, which was a stagecoach stop between Richmond and Lynchburg. There was a Dr. E.P.F. Trent who lived there as well and Thomas studied with him to
learn how to pull teeth, sew up cuts, drain abscesses and other medical procedures.
Thomas was very active in his church, and in 1902 he helped to
organize a Sunday School at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church.
Thomas and Bettie are buried in a small family cemetery located
behind the old Patteson Tavern, on property now owned by his Great Grandson Ed Cook and his wife Ann.
Here is a letter written to the Times Virginian in 1915 / 50 years
after the war.
CONFEDERATE COLUMN Remembrances of 50 Years Ago by Thomas H. OBrien
I was born the 6th day of December 1842 in the county
of Buckingham, Virginia and entered the Confederate service the 22nd day of May 1861, a company being the first
from the county. Under Captain Carter H. Irving our company was sent to Staunton the last of June and from there we marched
one hundred miles to Beverley. We were under Colonel Pegram and Major Tyler.
I received my first baptism of fire in that trip to Rich Mt. the
11th day of July 1861. The Yankees got the best of us, owing to numbers. They killed, wounded, and captured most
of our company. I was among those who came out under Major Tyler. This company was disbanded and I joined the Second Company
from this county under G. B. Hayes, captain. This was Company A 57th Regiment, Armisteads Old Brigade, Picketts
Division. We were called Picketts Foot Cavalry. I was in all the engagements
that Picketts command was in from 1862 to April 1, 1865.
Near Dinwiddie Courthouse, or Five Forks, as
it was called then, I was captured about 4 oclock in the afternoon along with eleven hundred of Picketts Division. Landed
at Point Lookout the 5th day of April 1865 and was a prisoner until June 15th 1865. So you see I was in the army near four years and am thankful to be alive, after participating in all the
great battles from Newbern, N.C. to Gettysburg and in all that Picketts Division was engaged in from Rich Mt. to Dinwiddie
Courthouse. I was absent from my company but once in all that time and that was on a pass for four day. While in the lines
near Chester Station, I was slightly wounded twice on the finger near Howlet House and in the ankle at Gettysburg. You can
see I was strictly in it.
I defy the boy that saw more hard service that those of us that
composed Picketts Foot Cavalry. I never was put on double duty or in the guardhouse or excused from duty but once and that
but a short time for sickness while in the lines near the Howlet House. I still
enjoy a reasonable portion of good health. I have the rheumatism a little in one limb, but with this exception I am yet hearty,
Submitted by Carolyn Evans Austin, Great Niece
Ancestor of Carolyn Evans Austin, Frances Wooldridge Evans, Joan Reynolds Butler, Valorie Austin
|Nicholas Hudson Morris
NICHOLAS HUDSON MORRIS
Nicholas Hudson Morris was born in 1848 to John Morris and Sarah
Mitchell Morris. He was one of seven children. Nicholas enlisted in the Confederate
Army on October 9, 1863 in Company C, 17th Regiment Virginia Infantry. He was only 15 years old. He was absent from duty in January, February, March and April with leave on Surgeons Certificate. He was
discharged from the hospital on April 11, 1864 and was reported to return to guard duty at Stinston, NC.
Nicholas lived at 307 Chestnut Street in Lynchburg Virginia. He
worked at Glamorgan Pipe and Foundry. He married first to Mary Davidson Garrett
and had two children, Emily Ann and William Thomas. After the death of Mary, he married Laura OBrien Lindsay. They had no
children. After the death of Laura, he then married Lucy Jane Harper Wooldridge and they had one child named Lucy. Nicholas
died on March 13, 1913 of apoplexy. He is buried at Presbyterian Cemetery, Section M, lot 38 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Duiguid
Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. His son William paid for his
funeral. The cost was $57.00.
Submitted by Anne Taylor Miller, Great, Great Granddaughter.
DRURY WILLIAM COLEMAN
Drury William Coleman was born in 1823 in Buckingham County,
a part of which is now Appomattox County, Virginia. He was the son of Henry and
Mary Sears Coleman.
In May 1846 Drury enlisted in the Buckingham County Virginia
Militia as First Lieutenant.
On May 24, 1861 at the age of 36 Drury enlisted as a private
in Capt. Joel W. Floods Company, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, Co. H, Appomattox Rangers, Radfords Regiment Volunteers.
He was a farmer and carried his horse with him as he was mustered into service on June 3, 1861 in Lynchburg, Virginia by Lt.
Col. D.A. Langhorne. Drury was released for a short period because of his age, but then returned to service for the duration
of the war. The last record of his service is dated February 22, 1865. It is
believed that he was paroled in Lynchburg Virginia, however there seems to be no record available.
Drury was first married to Mary Durham Smith and they
had three sons, William, Schyler and James. Drury married second to Sarah E. Cumby and they had a son Thomas Drury and a daughter
Drury died in 1916 and is buried in the Coleman Family
Cemetery, located on the Coleman Family home place, which remains in the family
Submitted by Hazel Lee Coleman Martin, Great Granddaughter.
ROBERT RICHARDSON CARDWELL
Robert Richardson Cardwell of Campbell County Virginia
was born July 8, 1844 to Thomas Dixon and Edna Neighbors Cardwell.
in the Confederate Army at Campbell Court House on August 10, 1862. He served the Confederacy in Company I, Second Regiment
Virginia Cavalry, the first mounted regiment organized in Virginia at Lynchburg, Virginia on May 8, 1861, Col. Jubal A. Early,
Commanding Officer. Mr. Cardwell was wounded in action at Berryville on August
21, 1864 and was in the hospital for 10 days. This regiment, later under the
command of General Thomas T. Munford, did not surrender but cut its way through the lines and came back to Lynchburg and disbanded
at the spot where it was formed in 1861. Mr. Cardwell served until April 17, 1865.
On April 17, 1871 Robert married Sallie K. Wright. They
had eight children: Dudley Hopkins, Nellie Bridget, Thomas Dixon, Annie Grace, John Robert, Martha Hildegarde, Marian Gladys
and Bennett Beckham. One of his daughters, Marian Gladys Cardwell Tweedy, was
an active member of the Appomattox Chapter, UDC until her death in May 12, 1995, at the age of 105.
This Confederate Veteran, Robert Richardson Cardwell,
died in Campbell County, Virginia on December 20, 1922. He and his wife are buried
at Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery in Rustburg, Virginia.
Submitted by Mrs. Margaret Wheeler Lee, Great Niece.
ROBERT PHILIP ELLIOTT
Robert Philip Elliott was born in 1834 in Campbell County Virginia. On 12-29-1853 he married Louisa Cox Mann, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Johnson
Mann, also of Campbell County. They had 8
children, Robert F., Nannie, William, Philip Terrell (my ancestor), Mary E., Georgianna, Chamford, and Thomas H.Elliott.
They resided in a part of Bedford County which later became Campbell County. Robert is described as being about 5ft.10in.,
with dark complexion and dark hair and green eyes.
Robert joined the Army of the Confederacy on 3-5-1862 at Campbell
County Court House in Pattesons Co. D., Virginia Heavy Artillery as 4th
Corporal. He later transferred to the 18th Virginia Battalion and was reduced in ranks (to Private) sometime before
11-30-1863 and was present through 8-31-1864. Robert was taken POW on 4-6-1865
at Burks Farm, sent to Newport News on 4-14-1865 where he took the oath and was released on 7-1-1865.
Robert and his family lived and worked on Rock Castle Farm in
Bedford/Campbell County owned by the famous Dr. John Jay Terrell (Dr Terrell, a Quaker, is well known for his work at the
Pest House as well as being one of the best physicians of his time).
Robert died on 9-22-1871 of a gunshot wound after an argument
over a dog. His neighbor, a Mr. Clay, was upset because Robert and his wife had
complained about his dog being destructive in their yard and garden. Louisa had thrown hot water on the dog one day and Mr.
Clay came over to talk about the problem. All parties believed the problem was over. Then one evening Mr. Clay came over to
the farm and asked one of Roberts sons to have him come to the barn to talk. Robert being suspicious took a gun with him to
the barn, but it did not help. Mr. Clay shot him immediately on his arrival at the barn. The mortal wound entered his left
shoulder passed through his spine, and lung and exited at the collarbone. Robert was laid to rest in a small private cemetery
(Burruss Family) off Route 24 near Evington Virginia. There is a military marker there.
To date we have been unable to locate any court records of charges
brought against this Mr. Clay. It is said that his family had him sent away after the shooting to protect him as this was
a well known and liked family in Campbell County.
And now we have the rest of the story - thanks to
a lady who read our site - Gynger Cook - who has done a lot of research on the Clay Family.
MURDER OF ROBERT PHILIP ELLIOTT
Samuel Clay was the one who shot your ancestor, he was the son of General Odin Green Clay, Odin was also a very close
friend of Dr. Terrell. I have researched this family for about 25 years or so, and the one I could not find a lot of information
on was Samuel, I was beginning to think that he had been killed in the war. But I found all of Odin’s sons were in the
2nd Va. Cavalry EXCEPT Samuel, I heard later he may have been in the Union Army, but have not pursued it.
in Rustburg, Va. several years ago I found in an old, dusty, half hidden Court Order book (it is not on the regular shelves,
it is in a little room to the side on a shelf against the back wall,) I sat down to read it and found a very small statement
that Samuel Clay had been indicted for the murder of Robert Elliott, mentioning Mrs. Elliott, Dr. Terrell, and the son, as
witnesses, and that a court date would be set at a later date. ( I cannot remember the exact wording right off hand.) I continued
to read but did not find anything else concerning the case. I went through the indexes, but could not find anything else.
thought if there was a murder, it must have been in the Lynchburg paper because Samuels father was so prominent. I did
not think that they could have hid it, but they sure did a great job of it. I finally found a very small article that Mr.
Clay had been brought before the court, and his trial continued to the following session, it seems that the sessions were
only convened once a month. In the newspaper for the following month, it was continued once again, and low and behold, the
next month, continued again, and you are not going to believe this, but the last mention was that the trial was dismissed
because Samuel had not received a speedy trial.
At the Va. Historical Society in Richmond, there is are several boxes
of items that belonged to the Clay family, among these items is a receipt for $500.00 to the lawyer that defended Samuel,
a great deal of money for that time, that really amazed me, because one of Samuels brothers was a lawyer in Lynchburg.
was married to Ann Henry Hooper from Buckingham Co., and they had 3 children, Kitty, Charles and Callie, shortly after Callie
was born, her mother was staying at Odin’s home when Hunters troops came to the Mill and looted the farm, they brought
their horses into the house and poured feed into the piano and fed the horses. Ann went into shock from all the trauma and
died shortly after, Samuel I have come to believe was a thorn in Odin’s side, he is described and a angry man, some
of the things that I have heard led me to believe he may have drank a lot, at any rate Odin had purchased 1000 acres of Jefferson's
Poplar Forest to be put in trust for Samuel children, eventually he added a codicil to his will and exclude Samuel as guardian
of the children’s property, pretty much excluding Samuel from inheriting anything. Dr. Terrell was listed as one of
the guardians for the children, and put up quite a large bond.
When Samuels oldest daughter married, Samuel went to
live with them for awhile, but was very mean to the husband and ended up coming back to Lynchburg and lived with an old friend.
Samuel had Brights disease and became very ill, not having anyone to care for him (none of his children could handle him for
any length of time) finally shortly before his death a niece took him in until he died.
I am very sorry for your family
tragedy, there are some letters from Dr. Terrell to Kitty Clay that one of Kitty’s great granddaughters still has, but
I don' think that he went into any detail of what happened. It sounds like Samuel was a pretty angry person all of the time,
a time bomb waiting to go off.
Submitted by Carolyn Evans Austin, Great,
SAMUEL D. CONNER
Samuel Conner was born in Appomattox County Virginia in 1834,
the son of Abendigo and Lennis Ann Ferguson Conner. His grandparents were Arthur
(A Revolutionary Soldier) and Eleanor D.(Duiguid ??) Conner. Samuel was raised
in Appomattox County with his 13 brothers and sisters. In the 1860s Samuel met
and married Sarah Elizabeth (Betty) Farrar, daughter of Robert N. and Mary Harris Farrar.
Samuel and Betty had 6 children Alberta, James, Thomas, Bessie, Mary Lenne and Lula.
On October 10, 1864 Samuel enlisted in the
Confederate States Army in Co. K 46th Virginia Regiment of Captain Huffman of the Wises Brigade.
On March 29, 1865, with less than 10 days
before the surrender at Appomattox, Samuel was wounded at Hatchers Run. He was
shot three times in the thigh and hip causing great suffering and a long convalescing. His brother, Jennings Conner was in
the same regiment and was only a few feet away when Samuel was shot and went immediately to assist him. Four of Samuels brothers
were in the war Edmund and Thomas were killed, Jennings and Allen were not wounded. Two of Samuels brothers-in-law were also
in the war Daniel P. Ferguson husband of Nancy Gilliam Conner and Elisha H. Lucado husband of Lucille Catherine Conner they
were not injured.
Samuel never fully recovered from his wounds,
for a number of years he was able to go about, but in the last years of his life he was totally disabled and confined to his
bed. He died on July 4, 1888, leaving his wife with small children to raise. Samuel and his beloved wife Betty are buried
on old Conner property, just above the Appomattox River on a lovely mountainside.
Submitted by Carolyn Evans Austin, Great,
Ancestor of Carolyn Austin, Frances Evans,
Joan Butler, Valorie Tillett, Frances Miles.
Charles E. Moorefield
E. Moorefield was born in Charlotte Co., Va. in 1840, the son of Isaac & MaryAnn S. Guthrie Moorefield. He was one of at
least 4 of Isaac & Mary's sons to take up arms for the Confederacy during the course of the war, all of whom served
honorably. It is possible that a fifth son, Lewis, died in 1863 of disease in a Richmond hospital during his enlistment,
however, there is conflicting information that makes us uncertain in this regard. The others were fortunate enough to come
home, battle scarred but alive.
Charles first enlisted in July 1861 at nearby Meadville as a private in Company H, 14th Virginia
Infantry. Company H was known as the "Meadville Grays. He was 21 years old, married and the father of a nineteen
month old son, David Emerson. Because of his young son and as his services were needed at home to help with the
operation of his father's grist mill, Charles was allowed to furnish a substitute to fight in his place, a common occurrence
during the early part of the war in families that could afford it. Walter Covington was that replacement. Unfortunately,
Covington died of disease in Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Va. in June of 1863.
Charles operated Moorefield Mill, located less than
a mile from his burial site, during the first 3 years of the war. This mill, along with several others in the area, was instrumental
in providing the Confederate Army with staples of flour & cornmeal, and with grain for their animals. This supply line became
the target of the Wilson-Kauntz Raid on the Staunton River Bridge between Randolph and Clover in June of 1864. Since
Charles was here at the time and knowing the importance of that bridge to the community & to his business, it is quite likely that he, along with his father Isaac, was among the civilian
volunteers that helped defend the bridge from the invading Union forces.
At this time during the war, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had sustained heavy casualties.
The loss of men at Gettysburg alone had been devastating. It became necessary to enact a draft to replace the losses. Now the
father of 2 more children, John Edward and Ida, Charles was drafted in October of 1864 to actively serve, again
with the 14th Va. Infantry. There is a record of clothing being issued to him in December of 1864, but where he camped
that winter is not stated. His 4th child Carrie, named after her mother, was born that January. Charles saw action in March 1865 in Richmond and at Hatcher's Run. On April 1st, 1865, he was captured
at the Battle of Five Forks & taken to City Point, Va. as a prisoner. From here, he was transported to Point Lookout,
Maryland where he remained a prisoner until after the war's end. He was released in June of that year after taking the Oath
Charles returned home to Halifax Co. and resumed his
trade as a miller & a farmer. After the death of his first wife, soon after baby Carrie was born, Charles married his
wife's sister, Harriett Traynham. Together they raised his 4 children, the descendents of whom still today honor the memory
and service of their Confederate ancestor. Charles E. Moorefield died in 1916, and is buried in his Family Cemetery located
in Nathalie, Halifax County, VA. He left behind a legacy of service to the
Southland that should always be remembered with pride.
by Laurie Goodman Lenz.
A. Moorefield was born in Halifax County, VA on February 9, 1840. He was one
of Stephen & Eliza Wilmouth Moorefields sons to take up arms and serve honorably for the Confederacy during the War Between
November 22, 1860, Leander married Elizabeth F. Wilmouth, a daughter of Yancy
& Susan Whitlow Wilmouth. In 1861, the war began. Even though Leander was a newly wed at the time, his patriotic duty and pride lead him to enlist in what
he considered The War of Northern Aggression. Leander never owned any slaves,
but he felt that he had to protect his state and property from destruction by the Union Soldiers.
first enlisted at the age of 21, as a Private on May 28, 1861 at the Clover Depot in the Clover Rifles, Company H, 20th
VA Infantry Regiment. Upon enlistment, he was described as having a fair complexion,
blue eyes with light hair, his height was 5 feet 4.9 inches. He listed his residence
as Halifax County and his occupation as a Carpenter.
first saw action at Seven Pines, VA and then on June 26, 1861 at Laurel Hill, VA. On
July 11th while fighting in the Battle of Rich Mountain, WV, Leander was captured along with his brother, Elias,
and they became Prisoners of War. They were paroled of July 17th at
Randolph County, WV and then discharged on November 1, 1861.
1861, Leander & Elizabeth became the proud parents of their first born son, James Calvin Moorefield. After his discharge, Im sure that Elizabeth had hoped that his fighting days were over and that he was
safely back home to stay.
the course of the war, the Northern Army of VA had sustained many casualties. Leander
decided once again to enlist on August 27, 1863 as a Private at Charlotte County, VA in the Charlotte Rifles, Company K, 18th
VA Infantry Regiment, under General Pickett.
his second enlistment he was involved in nearly every major campaign in VA, and one in Martinsburg, WV.
was still listed on the rolls December 31, 1864, but there is no Military Service Record after this date.
returned home after the war and he & Elizabeth had 6 more children: Leroy,
Andrew Jackson, Josephine, L. (died at one day old), William Charles & Ida Belle.
He resumed his trade as a Carpenter & Farmer for as long as he was able.
He filed for pension on May 17, 1900 because he was no longer able to work to support himself and his family due to
rheumatism, old age and exposure during the war. This pension was finally granted
on June 9, 1902.
died May 24, 1910 in Halifax County, and is buried on a Wilmouth Family Farm in Scottsburg, VA. Leander A. Moorefield left behind a legacy of service to the Southland that should ALWAYS be remembered
by Laurie Goodman Lenz.
of Laurie Goodman Lenz, Ethel Seamons Eberhard, Kathleen Wilmouth Butts.
Richard Collier Price
Richard Collier Price was born in rural Charlotte County Virginia. He lived on the family
farm, Locust Grove.The family also owned another farm, Butterwood, together these two farms
were roughly 1000 acres. Like many families in 1800s Virginia, they were landowners who owned slaves and raised many
crops consisting of corn, hay, soybeans, wheat, and tobacco. On these two farms there were slave cabins and many barns, (some of which stand today), which were used for the crops grown on both farms. They also raised cattle and other animals used for food
and clothing. Richard, who was known as Dick by his family and friends was from a large farming family.
Richard Collier Price
was born on September 7, 1837 to Nathaniel Daniel Price and Mecca Harvey Price. He had two sisters and seven brothers. Some
of his brothers and sisters died at an early age, however, he did have four brothers that, along with him, served in the Civil
War. Two of his brothers died during the war. His brother Nathan, who served in the Staunton Hill Artillery, left letters
written home to his family. Also in his possession at the end of the war were field orders from Major General Sherman and General Johnston. (These were found in 1993 in the Price family home, in which my mother still
resides in today). Before my great-grandfather had enlisted he had been diagnosed with tuberculosis and was only given six
months to live. My great-grandfather enlisted January 28, 1863 as a Pvt. in Company
C 1st Virginia Infantry (Williams Rifles). He was in Kempers Brigade, Pickets Division, Longstreets Corps in July
1863. Pickets Division was ordered to advance with Kempers Brigade on the right
flank towards the infamous cops of trees at the Union center. Based on the nature of his wounds and the fact that he was captured,
he was probably wounded between 50 and 75 yards of the stonewall. He appears on a roll of prisoners in hospital who were captured
July 3, 1863 and later exchanged. He rejoined his unit after several months of covalence and was promoted to Corporal in August
1864. He took the Oath of Allegiance with the rest of the Army of Northern Virginia
July 1, 1865. On the form, below his signature, he wrote regarding the phrase I take this oath freely and voluntarily, without
any mental reservation or evasion whatsoever saying no sir, I do not, but only say so. After serving in the war he journeyed
home and began life on the farm again.
Seven years after
the war my great-grandfather married Euthretia Early of Bedford, Virginia. They had four children William H. Price , Charles
Early (who is my grandfather), and twin girls, Estelle and Susie. In 1888 my great-grandmother died leaving behind her husband
and children. William was only fourteen at the time, my grandfather a few years younger and my twin great-aunts only six years
of age. I commend my great-grandfather for raising four children on his own.
Back then that was not an easy task and even then he was able to send three out of four to college to further their education.
William, the oldest, attended Hampton Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia and the girls went to an all girls finishing school.
Estelle went on to forward her education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and later taught classes there.
She also taught at Madisonville School, which was recently torn down. My grandfather stayed home and made his living on the
Richard Collier Price attended the fifty- year reunion at Gettysburg and lived until March 1925, disproving the terminal
diagnosis given over sixty years before.
I am very honored and very proud to have shared my families history, and to have known so much about what their lives
were like. I am proud of where I come from and what my family stood for, since that is a part of me, a part of my Southern
Submitted by Carol Adams Williams, Great Granddaughter
|Thomas Davis Gilmer Evans
THOMAS DAVIS GILMER EVANS
Thomas Davis Gilmer Evans, who was nicknamed Tommy, was
born on November 18, 1842, the ninth child of Thomas Davis Evans and Elizabeth A. Robertson. Tommy was tall and slender and
very much the gentleman - - well spoken and interested in people and their problems.
He served with valor for the Confederacy 1861-1865, enlisting as a private in April 1861 at the age of 18 in the Appomattox
Invinicbles, Company A, 44th Regiment, Virginia Volunteers. He was mustered into service as an infantry private
June 1, 1861 and served as a corporal for four years without receiving a serious wound.
Tommy and six others of his company, who had escaped capture
at Saylors Creek, arrived in Appomattox on April 8th. Tommy spent
the night at the home of his uncle, Dr. David Pharr Robertson. Realizing that
no further flight was possible, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to General Grant on the next
afternoon, April 9, 1865. Since his entire division had been captured at Saylors
Creek and he did not remain with the Army after Lees surrender, Thomas D. Evans does not appear on the official muster lists
of the Confederate Army at Appomattox, which was compiled on April 10 and 11, 1865.
The formal surrender and parole took place on April 12, 1865. The military
service records for the Confederate Army in the Archives in Washington, D.C. contain the prisoner of war parole signed by
Thomas D. Evans on May 31, 1865 in Campbell County, Virginia.
On November 30, 1870 Tommy married Nancy May Wood. The
had the following 9 children:
Thomas, Anna, Isabelle, Daniel, Evie Virginia, Jesse,
Dewitt, Sarah, and Henry Grady.
Tommy lived the remainder of his life as a farmer in Campbell
County, Virginia where he died on January 20, 1911.
Submitted by Susan Evans Deaner, Great, Great, Granddaughter.
|Major Stephen T. Peters
MAJOR STEPHEN T. PETERS
Stephen T. Peters was born in Nelson County Virginia in 1821 to Elisha and Catherine
Peters. In 1823 the family moved to Bedford County on a plantation called Delacarlia. Stephen was educated at New London Academy.
In 1846 he moved to Lynchburg, Virginia and in the 1850's he was associated with the Hon. James McDonald as editor and owner
of the newspaper, The Lynchburg Virginian. After selling the newspaper he became a partner in the Private Banking House of
Peters, Williams and Company.
Stephen served in the Confederate States Army as Major in Floyd's Brigade, being in
many engagements, but never wounded.
After the war he returned to his farm in Bedford County and lived there until 1894.
Stephen married Jane Alexander Warren of Edenton, North Carolina, and fathered five living children.
In 1894, having been widowed, he returned to Lynchburg to live with his daughter and
son-in-law, Dr. Frank and Kathie Lee. He lived there until his death on March 7, 1903.
Major Peters was the last president of New London Academy which was leased in 1895
to the counties of Bedford and Campbell as a public High and Grade School for both sexes.
Submitted by Frances Plunkett Harvey, Great Granddaughter.
Richard Beverly Jamison
Richard Beverly Jamison, was known as Beverly. He was born around 1836
to Daniel and Matilda Jimerson. He was a farmer. He was born in and lived in Buckingham, Virginia with his wife Virginia-Jennie.
On February 9, 1862 he enlisted with the
Confederate States of America. He served in Company K, 2nd Virginia Artillery. He was in that unit until March
of 1862 as they disbanded that unit. On March 10, 1862 he reenlisted and became a member of Company A, 22 Battalion Infantry.
The 2nd Regiment Virginia Artillery
was organized into service during February 1862. Ten companies from counties near Richmond composed the regiment. Its official
mission when organized was the local defense of the City of Richmond. The regiment was broke up about May 23, 1862. Six companies
were organized as the 2nd, or 22nd , Battalion Virginia Infantry. The transfer of members of the original
artillery, companies, I and k, disbanded during the organization. Detached from the 2nd Regiment Virginia Heavy
Artillery, as independent artillery, were as follows: Company C, The Southside Artillery and Company F, The Lunenburg Rebel
Beverly served in the battles of Cedar Mountain,
Groveton, Second Bull Run, Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station and Mine
It was while he was at Mine Run that on
November 27, 1863, he was captured. He was sent to Old Capital Prison in Washington, D.C. in December 1863. On February 3,
1864 he was transferred to Point Lookout Prison in Maryland. He remained a Prisoner of War until February 24, 1865 and was
then transferred to Aikens Landing, Virginia for prisoner exchange. He was not exchanged or paroled until after the surrender
of Appomattox, Virginia. U.S. records show he was paroled in Farmville, Virginia by Lt. Colonel Barker of the 36th
Mass. Volunteers between April 11th and 21st of 1865.
Beverly and Jennie had eight children: William
D. Jamerson, John Dibble Jamerson, Henry Lee Jamerson, Josiah Thomas Jamerson, Mary V. Jamerson, Emma Jamerson, Pocahontas
Jamerson and Alice Jamerson.
Submitted by Deborah Jamerson Pemberton.
COL. WILLIAM E. PETERS
William E. Peters was the brother of Stephen T. Peters. He was born in Nelson County and was the son of
Elisha and Catherine Peters.
Col. Peters services were brought especially to the notice of the public by his refusal to set fire to Chamblissburg
when ordered to do so by his Superior Officer in retaliation for the burning of Winchester, Virginia. Col. Peters said
"I will resign my commission first, I will not make war on defenseless women and children".
Soon after, this Col. Peters wsas shot through the stomach and left for three days on the battlefield for
dead. However, he did not die, possibly for the fact that all the Confederate soldiers were half starved and also he
was not moved. He made a miraculous recovery.
For almost fifty years, he held the chair of Latin at the University of Virginia.
Submitted by Frances Punkett Harvey, Great Great Niece.
DR. EDWARD WARREN
Dr. Edward Warren was the son of Dr. William and Harriet Warren of Edenton, North Carolina.
During the War Between the States, he served briefly as a surgeon with troops from North Carolina and Virginia, prepared a
manual on military surgery, and was Surgeon General of North Carolina from 1863 until the end of the war. After the war, he
returned to active practice and a teaching position in Baltimore. Maryland. Between 1867 and 1871 he helped establish
two Baltimore Hospitals and the nucleus of the Johns Hopkins Medical School.
For two years he was chief surgeon in the Egyptian army and performed a successful operation on the minister
of war and was then awarded the title of "Bey".
Dr. Warren moved to Paris, France in the 1870's and there he was awarded the Cross of the Legion of
Dr. Warren and his wife Bettie both died and are buried in Paris.
Submitted by Frances Plunkett Harvey, Great Great Niece.
picture is from the front page of his autobiography: A Doctors Experiences in Three Continents by Edward Warren, M.D.,
C.M., LL.D, Bey By Khedival Firman, in a Series of Letters Addressed to John Morris, M.D., of Baltimore, M.D., published in
was given this house (Albania in Edenton, NC) upon his marriage to Elizabeth C. "Bettie" Johnston, 16 November 1857, by his
wife's uncle, James C. Johnston of Hayes in Chowan County on the opposite side of Edenton Bay.
the Civil War he wrote a manual on military surgery: An Epitome of Practical Surgery for Field and Hospital: Richmond,
VA, West & Johnston, 1863.
not know if he is the Edward Warren who wrote a biography of George Washington's Surgeon-General during the War of Independence:
The Life of John Warren, M.D., Boston: Noyes, Holmes & Co., 1874.
1879 he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. He was born in 1828 and died in 1893.
information and picture from Mr. John Collins: john@patsyZZZsales.com (remove ZZZto email).(Thank you!)
DR. WATSON MEREDITH GENTRY
Dr. Gentry was born in Williamson County, Tennessee in 1831. He enlisted in the Confederate States Army
on June 14, 1861, being appointed a surgeon by Govenor Harris of Tenneessee. He was a surgeon with the 17th Tennessee
Cavalry and was given the rank of Major. His first military surgery was performed at Rock Castle where fourteen men
died and numerous others were injured.
Dr. Gentry was paroled on June 21, 1865.
Submitted by Frances Plunkett Harvey, Great niece.
|Colonel Samuel Daniel McDearmon
COLONEL SAMUEL DANIEL MCDEARMON
Colonel McDearmon owned considerable property in and around the village of Clover Hill, operating both a
store and a tavern in the village. He served the Virginia House of Delegates and also as a State Senator. He was
a Major in the Appomattox Regiment of the Virginia State Militia from 1849 to 1855.
During the War Between the States, Colonel McDearmon served as an aide to General Henry A. Wise, commander
of "Wise's Legion" in the fighting around Sewell Mountain and Gauley Bridge in an ill-fated Kanawha Valley Campaign in western
Virginia in 1861, when the Virginia volunteer troops were trying to keep the Northern forces out of western Virginia.
There's an interesting story told about the McDearmons. It seems that at one time Samuel wished to
move to Nebraska, but his wife, Mary Frances, wanted to go to Texas. They loaded up and started west, but when
they reached the railroad, three miles from the starting point, they stopped to rest and feed the horses. Apparently
they had a heated discussion about which way they were going from there and as the story goes, Mary Frances said, "Damned
if I'm going to Nebraska". So Sam gave in and they built a home where they were an called it "Nebraska". The home they
built is still standing today. It is the back part of a home on Church Street, Appomattox, Virginia!
Submitted by Frances Plunkett Harvey, Great Great Granddaughter.
|Private Stephen Thomas Marsh
PVT. STEPHEN THOMAS MARSH
Thomas Marsh was born May 13, 1840 to Johnson and Elizabeth Childress Marsh. He was twenty-one years old when the Civil War
erupted. Some service records indicate he was conscripted into the Confederate Army in 1864, but his daughter and my Grandmother,
Ethel Judson Marsh, believed he fought from 1861 on. He was ill several times while in the Army and the records indicate he
was a patient at Chimbarao Hospital in Richmond, Virginia in 1864 and was on convalescent furlough home for a month, apparently
after a bout with typhoid. He served in Company B of the 18th Virginia Infantry Regiment.
At the battle of Saylor's Creek his unit was in
the thick of the fighting_ it is unknown if he either was captured and escaped or avoided capture when his unit was taken.
He arrived home April 7, 1865 and heard news of the surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. The next day he rejoined his
unit at Appomattox Court House and received his parole.
He didn't talk a great deal about the war but
his children remember some of his experiences, as he told them. According to his son Thomas Gordon (Tom) he mentioned that
food was lacking especially toward the end of the war. He also told the story of soldiers sleeping on the ground, and their
long hair would freeze to the ground, they would have to have their hair cut before they could get up in the morning.
Though he did not talk a lot about the war, he
liked to sing songs that had been favorites of the troops. He sang "Lorelei" which he liked even though it was a Yankee song_
"Lorena" and "The Boys Who Wore the Grey" which were southern as well as "The Girl I Left Behind Me," He attended many of
the soldier's reunions and he always wore the badge shaped like a Maltese cross that the United Daughters of the Confederacy
gave the Confederate veterans (the cross can be seen on the left lapel of the attached picture.)
He died September 25, 1933 at ninety-three years
of age. He and my Great-Grandmother had nine children, raising eight (one died in infancy) they were pious Christians, he
was very active in the life and work of Red Oak Baptist Church where he was a deacon for many years and also served as Sunday
Submitted by Patricia L. Childers, Great Granddaughter
James Drinkard was born July 10, 1822, the son of Archibald and Judith Pendleton Drinkard.
James spent most of his life in Campbell County Virginia, where he lived on a farm known as Beaver Creek Farm
about 5 miles east of Lynchburg. Here he and his wife Mary Lucinda Alvis raised their 12 children: George David (was in the
Spanish-American War), James Calhoun, Charles Milton, Sallie, Samuel William, Lafayette, John Wesley, Edward Crote, Walter
Preston, Judith, Alfred Washington and Elantha Martin Drinkard. Most of the children remained in Campbell County
and some went to Appomattox County Virginia. James, his wife and some of the children are buried on the family farm.
James and his brothers John, David, and William all served in the Civil War. James served in Booker's
Reserve, Confederate States Army. James died January 20, 1905 and is buried with his wife and some of the children on the
Submitted by Betty Thomas Drinkard, wife of Elantha M. Drinkard II (Jimmy), a member of the Appomattox Rangers/Court
House SCV Camp#1733 and the Great Grandson of James.
|Captain Andrew Berkely Baker
ANDREW BERKLEY BAKER
Andrew was born in 1814 and raised in Prince Edward County, Virginia. In 1838 he married
Louisa Cannon Webb, a daughter of Robert Ross Webb. They lived on the portion of the Webb estate that was formerly in Prince
Edward County, but went to Appomattox County in 1845. Andrew was the first coroner of Appomattox County. He and
his wife raised 13 children.
The husbands of the older daughters served in the Civil War. Andrew served as Captain of the Appomattox
Home Guards, Confederate States Army, during the Civil War. Andrew is buried in the family cemetery on Route 631 in
The following story has been passed down the generations of the Andrew Berkley Baker Family:
Three days before the surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, Union soldiers
poured into the area surrounding what is called by the natives of Appomattox, "The Old Surrender Grounds". This was
actually Clover Hill Village, the seat of the county which was formed in 1845. The Union soldiers had spread out in the area
and across the stage coach roads in order to cut General Lee off from Appomattox where he was to have received much needed
supplies. This accounts for a company of Union soldiers taking over the fields of Walnut Shade Farm, about two miles from
the Old Surrender Grounds, which belonged to Captain and Mrs. Andrew Berley Baker, who lived there with their children.
There was sickness in the household as the Mother and one of the daughters were ill. There as a new
grave in the cemetery. The soldiers starting digging this up as they thought this was a hiding place for monies and other
valuables. Captain Baker, fearing for the lives of his family, felt desperately the need of trying to do something,
anything, no matter how daring, nor what the consequences may be to his personal welfare, to save his household. Being
a thirty-second degree Mason and hoping some of the Union sodiers were Mason, he stepped out onto he front porch of his home
and gave a Masonic sign. The coming officer, fortunately, was a Mason and rcognized Captain Baker's distress signal.
He drew his sword and made his was to Captain Baker, shaking hands and greeting him as a brother Mason. The Union Officer
assured Captain Baker complete protection for he and his family. He called the men away and posted guards around the
Submitted by Betty Thomas Drinkard, wife of Elantha M. Drinkard II (Jimmy), Great Grandson.
|Private Lewis Preston Thomas
LEWIS PRESTON THOMAS
Lewis was born August 27, 1840, the son of Hardin and Elizabeth Beckham Thomas. Hardin was first
married to Elizabeth Farris (1848-1887) of Hat Creek by whom he had eight children: Harry, Lester, John, James, Lewis, Rufus,
William, and Mallie. Hardin second married on April 17, 1887 to Bettie Boyle (1844-1915) and they had five children: Robert,
Joseph, Bessie, Mary, and Hubert. Their home was in Campbell County before 1845 and after Appomattox County, what is now Route
460 at Spout Springs, Virginia, next to the old Wheeler Service Station.
Lewis Preston Thomas enlisted in the Confederate States Army on April 29, 1861 in Calhoun. Georgia
in Co. F 4th George Regiment Infantry. He was captured as prison of war on March 2, 1865 at Waynesboro, Virginia and
taken to Fort Delaware and then released on June 15. 1865. He served as teamster and ambulance driver. The reason for
joining the army in Calhoun, Georgia instead of Appomattox or Campbell Counties is not known. His name is in the books
of the clerks office in Calhoun, Georgia. Also, there are a number of deeds with Thomas name and the family assumes
he was down there on family business when he enlisted.
One of the daughters of Lewis Preston Thomas, who lived her life across the road from the family
home told the story that when Stonewall Jackson was shot and wounded by his own men, he was brought back to Lynchburg,
Virginia and carried to Lexington on the packet boat, John Marshall, May 1863. (The hull of this boat was in Riverside
Park, Lynchburg Virginia for many years.) Lewis Preston Thomas drove the ambulance wagon behind the one with Jackson
in it and brought A.P. Hill who was also wounded.
After the war, Lewis Preston moved from his father's home to what is now Timberlake Road, in Lynchburg.
He was postmaster for Burton Creek and operated a grocery store in the lower floor of his home which was located at the corner
of Timberlake and Leeville Roads. At that time the road was Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike. He gave land on which
Beulah Baptist Church was built. The family cemetery is beside the church.
Lewis Preston's brother, Robert H. Thomas, served the Confederate States Army in the 34th Virginia
Submitted by Betty Thomas Drinkard, Granddaughter of Lewis Preston Thomas.
|Corporal William Thomas Gray
CORPORAL WILLIAM THOMAS GRAY
William Thomas Gray was born on the Fourth of July, 1826 in Caroline County, Virginia. His parents were Thomas Gray
and America Grafton. William was the first born of eleven children. He and his brother, George W. Gray were in
the Civil War together. Not much is known of his childhood, but on April 14, 1851 he married Maria Ellen Beazley, daughter
of Oswald Beazley and Alphia Foster. William Thomas and Maria Ellen Gray had nine children, the first of which was born
in Caroline County, Virginia on August 2, 1853 and all the rest were born in Richmond, Virginia.
William and Maria moved to Richmond in 1854, where they remained the rest of their lives. They owned a home at 520 Randolph
Street, which was located about 3 blocks from where they both remain at rest at Riverview Cemetery.
William Thomas Gray enlisted as a private in the American Civil War on May 13, 1861. He enlisted in the 15th
Infantry Regiment, although the Regiment didnt formally organize until May 17, 1861. The regiment was accepted into
the services of the Confederate States on July 1, 1861. Company D from Henrico County, Virginia rendezvoused at the
old fairgrounds, just west of the city limits, where VCU Campus and Monroe Park are today.
On June 10, 1861 Company D was in their first infantry battle of the Civil War which occurred at Big Bethel, Virginia.
Big Bethel was a quite country church on the Virginia Peninsula surrounded by early American History near Hampton. The
Union held Fort Monroe, located at the southeastern tip of the Peninsula, and was a cause of concern for the Confederate strategists.
On June 6th General Magruder ordered the men from North Carolina forward to occupy Big Bethel. The battle
of Big Bethel was on June 10, 1861. Colonel D. H. Hill ordered his regiment to start work on building breastworks, to
strengthen a piece of ground that was already well suited for defense. During the battle the Union lost 22 men and the
Confederates lost 11 men.
This was the only battle William Thomas Gray was engaged in. He was in and out of the Baptist, Methodist, and Episcopal
Church and Seminary Hospital from January 7, 1862 until February 28, 1862. On April 28, 1862 he was detailed to Richmond
to work on gunboats at the CS Navy yard until his capture on April 3, 1865, when he was taken as a Prisoner of War at Exeter
Mills, Virginia. After being captured, he arrived at City Point, Virginia (now Hopewell, Virginia) on April 13, 1865
and was then transported to Point Lookout, Maryland, where he stayed until taking the Oath of Allegiance on June 12, 1865.
At the time of his release he was listed as being a resident of Richmond, Virginia with dark complexion, brown hair, blue
eyes and being 6 feet 1-7/8 inches tall. The National Archives records state he was a Corporal when discharged but doesnt
indicate the date he received this rank.
During the war William fathered a daughter in 1863. Being detailed to Richmond to work on the gunboats allowed him to
visit with his wife, who was living in Richmond.
On November 14, 1902, William Thomas Gray applied for a Disability Pension of which he was awarded $30.00 a month. He
continued to receive his pension until his death on October 3, 1909 at the age of 83. His wife, Maria received his pension
until her death on December 28, 1916. William Thomas Gray was buried at Riverview Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia on October
5, 1909, without a headstone. In February 2004, a Confederate head stone was placed on his grave by his great grandson,
John Alexander Gray, Jr. and other descendants.
Jacqueline Dunkley Gray
Daughters of the Confederacy
CHAPMAN HUNTER CHILTON
Chapman Hunter Chilton was born
March 25, 1832 in formerly Campbell County, which since 1845 us the Spout Springs area of Appomattox County. He was the son
of John Poindexter Chilton 1809-1868 and Adeline Virginia Hunter 1812-1834 the daughter of Benjamin and Betsy Fields Hunter. Chapman married Mary Elizabeth Elliott who was born July 31, 1849 and died February
2, 1920. They lived in Appomattox County and raised eight children, some of whom were Raleigh H., John B., William C., Maggie,
Lena, Bessie and Marissa.
Chapman H. Chilton served in the
Confederate States Army in Co. D, 5th Virginia Cavalry and as Captain
of the Appomattox County Home Guards.
He was appointed Principal of
Union Academy at Spout Springs in 1860. He was an ardent advocate for free schools in Virginia and when his dream came true
in 1870, he was appointed the first Superintendent of Schools in Appomattox County, holding that position until 1881, when
the Readjuster party gained control of the State Government, and Rev. J.B. Bristow was appointed in his place. In 1885 the Democratic Party regained control of the state and immediately reappointed Mr. Chilton to his
old office, Superintendent of Schools. He held that position until 1897. A man of very strong convictions, he made some enemies, but he had the old Virginia
Courtesy that made him many friends. Mr. Chilton
died in 1914.
Submitted by Betty Thomas Drinkard
Daniel Preston Ferguson
was born March 24, 1844 in Appomattox County Virginia, the son of Roland and Mary Elizabeth Jennings Ferguson. Daniel had 11 siblings, Thomas A., Mary Jane, Martha Winston, America A., Emmaline Sydney, William H.,
Joel D., Bryant Demarcus, Mary E., Ardemonia A., and Robert H.
Daniel served the Confederate
States Army from August 6, 1863 until his parole on June 12, 1865 at Point Lookout, Maryland.
Daniel was captured on March 31, 1865 at Hatchers Run.
Daniel served in Company D, 18th
Virginia Regiment, Huntingtons Brigade, Picketts Division.
Daniels family suffered greatly
during the war having lost his brother William in the war at Petersburg on 7-30-1864 and brother in law, Robert Lucado (husband
of Mary Jane) died of measles in May 1862, in Petersburg. His brother in law,
Robert S. Jamerson (husband of America) was in the war in 46th VA Inf. as well as his brother in law, Chancey C.
Ferguson, (husband of Emmaline) who was also in the 46th. Daniels wife Nancy had seven members of her family also
in the war (five brothers and 2 brothers in law) two of them were killed in action.
Daniel married Nancy Gilliam Conner,
daughter of Allen Abendigo and Lennis Ann Ferguson Conner, on November 14, 1866. Daniel and Nancy had 6 children, Addie Lee,
Helen Levergie, Thomas Moses, Charles Jennings, Luke A., and Robert Hurley.
One article said Daniel was one
of Appomattox best farmers, having left the war with practically nothing but energy and determination to succeed which he
did - raising a family and leaving them a good farm. Another article said he was a distinguished soldier, an esteemed Virginia
gentleman and the head of a splendid family.
When Daniel passed away in 1938
at the age of 93, he was one of five surviving Confederate Veterans in Appomattox County Virginia. At his death, he was survived
by two daughters, three sons, 22 grandchildren, and 46 great grandchildren. He was the oldest member of Liberty Baptist Church.
The Appomattox Chapter United
Daughters of the Confederacy took part in his funeral ceremony.
Article submitted by Carolyn Evans
Austin, Great, Great Niece.
ELISHA HARRISON LUCADO
Elisha was born on March 5, 1846 in Appomattox Virginia, the son
of Elisha and Mary Fretwell Lucado. Elisha was one of eight children and the others are William, Abner, Robert, Mary F., Thomas
H., Jane C., and Malissa A.
Elisha enlisted in the Confederate States Army in the 2nd
Regiment, Company H, Virginia Cavalry and served under Fitzhugh Lee and W.C. Wickham. Elishas brother Abner died of measles
at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond on 5-15-1862 (46th Va Infantry). Elishas brother, Robert, died of measles in May 1862 in Petersburg (probably
After the war, Elisha returned to Appomattox Virginia and on December
18, 1867 married Lucilla Catherine Conner born on May 4, 1849 the daughter of Allen Abendigo and Lennis Ann Ferguson Conner. They had nine children Joseph, Edward, Littleton, William H., Ira L. Florence, Della,
Mollie, and Robert H. Many of the descendents still live in and around the Appomattox area.
Elisha was a farmer on property surrounding the Surrender Grounds. The family cemetery is located on this land and this is where Elisha was laid to reset
when he died on August 20, 1904 of typhoid. Catherine died November 21, 1919.
On November 5, 2000 the Appomattox Chapter of the United Daughters
of the Confederacy placed a Confederate Grave Marker of Honor at his grave so every visitor to this site will remember this
Submitted by Carolyn
E. Austin, Great, Great, Great Niece
Joseph Henry Phlegar
Joseph was born to Isaac George
Phlegar and Sarah Catherine Rutherford on Thursday, August 15, 1839 in the rolling hills of Floyd County, Virginia. He was
the first of 5 children for Isaac and Sarah. Joseph married the love of his life in 1860, Angeline C. Epperly.
Joseph and Angeline were blessed with thirteen children, with
the first being expected when Joseph enlisted in the 54th Virginia Infantry, CSA, April 15, 1861. April 30, 1862
in Culpepper Virginia, Joseph was one of 4 enlistees diverted by Captain Pelham from the 54th to Stuarts Horse
Artillery. Captain Pelham had promised his men that Stuarts Horse Artillery would be very active and on the move in the months
Captain Pelham kept his word, moving from Culpepper through Richmond,
then to the Virginia peninsula, taking part in many skirmishes in early May of 1862. Although close by, roads had become almost
impassable due to rains and prevented them from assisting in the Battle of Seven Pines.
Early June, the Brigade moved to Hanover C.H., and June 25th
joined forces with Stonewall Jacksons troops in the Shenandoah Valley. They encountered enemy troops at Cold Harbor, White
House, Bottoms Bridge, Providence Forge and back to Malvern Hill.
Early July the brigade was encamped on the banks of James River in Charles City County. There purpose was to harass the enemy transport boats and gunboats,
including the Monitor.
Most of July and August was spent in the Northern Neck area of
Virginia, with many skirmishes and protecting the Virginia Central Railroad in Gordonsville, VA.
August 29th Battle of 2nd Manassas, September
17th, Battle of Sharpsburg, then crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains in late October, and was involved in the Ten
Days skirmishes. From there, Stuart was ordered to Fredericksburg, Virginia in early December.
On Saturday, December 13, 1862 at the Battle of Fredericksburg
Joseph receive a serious wound by an enemy shell, resulting in the loss of his right forearm.
He was ultimately sent to a converted tobacco warehouse in Lynchburg,
Virginia to recuperate. Joseph had fought at the side of many great Confederate
leaders, General Robert E. Lee, Lieutenant General James Longstreet, Lieutenant General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson, Major
General James E. B. Stuart, Lieutenant Col. John Pelham, Major James Breathed, and Captain Robert Beckham. After
being released from the hospital in Lynchburg, Joseph was to spend the rest of the war at home with Angeline and a growing
Submitted by Carolyn E. Austin, wife of Thomas E. Austin, Great,
Saint McAllister Wilmouth was
born in Halifax County about 1833, and
was 1 of 10 children of Thomas C. Wilmouth & Nancy W. Traylor. On December 29, 1853, at age 20, he married Mary Elizabeth (Bettie) Stegall, daughter of Amy Stegall.
Saint & Bettie were blessed with 6 children: Alfred M., Patrick C.,
Archer W., Wesley G., Emma Jackson, & Illey Johnston.
In the 1860 Halifax County
Census, his occupation was given as an overseer, though he was unable to read or write.
His wife’s family, the Stegalls, was fairly well to do at the time, and it is likely that he was overseeing on
his father-in-law’s land.
On January 24, 1862, Saint,
along with his brother, Burnett Green, enlisted at Halifax Court House as Privates in Company K, 3rd Infantry Regiment Virginia,
also known as the Halifax Rifles. He saw action at Yorktown, Fredericksburg, and Williamsburg, before being captured
on May 7, 1862 at Burnt Ordinary, VA. Records indicate that he was returned to duty
on or about April 30, 1864. This probably means that Saint was a prisoner
of war for almost 2 years. Between April 30th to December 23rd, 1864, Saint fought in all of the major battles in Virginia. He was treated at General Hospital # 13 in Richmond, VA on November 19, 1864, and returned to duty
on December 23rd. The last entry on Saint’s military record
notes that he was arrested on December
23, 1864 at Castle Thunder Prison in Richmond, VA, and charged with losing his gun, accoutrements,
and ammo. Unfortunately, there are no further records.
Bettie died on December 28, 1886. After her death, on March 20, 1889, Saint married Martha Elizabeth
(Pattie) King, daughter of Lousia King. On his marriage license, Saint lists
his occupation as Farmer. Saint had 2 more children with Pattie: Arthur Mack & Isaac Cornelius.
Saint filed for a Confederate
Pension on May 15, 1900. He listed his disability as having rheumatism
in his legs and that he could not do any work. His pension was granted.
Saint McAllister Wilmouth died
of pneumonia on September 9, 1904.
We may never know why Saint,
his brother, and so many other of his relatives and friends chose to fight in the War Between the States. Possibly it was due to the Northern Aggression, and the invasion of his beloved homeland. Most assuredly, it was not about Slavery…Saint, nor his father, owned any slaves. Since he enlisted during the dead of winter, we can assume that it was something that he felt very strongly
about. Why else would he leave his wife, and at the time two sons, to go off
to war possibly never to return?
We must always remember this
bravery and never be ashamed of our proud southern heritage.
Written By: Laurie Goodman
Lenz, G-G-G-Great Grand Niece
Ancestor of Laurie Goodman
Lenz, Kathleen Wilmouth Butts, Joy Medley Lewis, and Ethel Seamon Eberhard.
MAJOR JOEL WALKER FLOOD
Joel W. Flood was born January 9, 1839 in what was then Buckingham County, Virginia. He was the son of Colonel
Henry D. Flood and Mary E. Trent. He attended Emory & Henry College and the University of Virginia, graduating in 1860
at the age of 21. He returned to Appomattox County and became first Captain and
Commanding officer at 22 years of age of Company H, 2nd VA. Cavalry, Appomattox
Rangers. They were mustered into service June 3, 1861 in Lynchburg, Virginia
by Lt. Col. D.A. Langhone. Captain Flood reported his troops having good uniforms and other clothing. Every member of the
company have old sabers in bad condition, 34 old flintlock pistols in bad condition and about worthless. Some 40 members have
furnished themselves with double barrel shot guns, their private property. The company having furnished their tents, 10 in
number costing $28.00 each. Captain Flood having two horses valued at $425.00 and $40.00 worth of equipment. Captain Flood became ill in August 1861 and returned home. Sometime after February 1862 he returned to
duty and was assigned to General James L. Kemper’s staff and promoted to Major. Major Flood served under Lt. General
James Longstreet First Army Corps and Major General George E. Pickett Division. Major Flood surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse
and rode a few miles to his plantation at Eldon where his wife served supper to the Major and a Union Colonel.
Mr. Flood was a large landowner of several thousand acres. He had many tenants and was an exceptionally easy landlord
and seldom did a tenant move, except when he became able to purchase a farm for himself.
Mr. Flood was elected to the House of Representatives in 1873 and served two terms. He was intensely interested in
the up building of the county and was a leader in church work and also benefactors to the poor. Mr. Flood made it a point
to ride through the neighborhood each winter to see who were in needy circumstances and nothing in his smokehouse or flour
bin was to good to be sent to give them comfort. He would take delight in taking it to their door.
Mr. Flood was married to Ella Faulkner, and the Father of Congressman Henry De La Warr Flood, Judge Joel West Flood,
and the Grandfather of the United States Senator Harry Flood Byrd, Sr. Major
Flood died October 23, 1916 and is buried in Vera, Virginia in the Flood Cemetery at the old home which was used as Lt. General
Longstreet’s last headquarters.
Submitted by Cloyd A.
Flood, Descendent (Cousin).
William Albert Dickerson
William Albert Dickerson
was born August 4, 1845 in Charlotte County, Virginia. He was the son of Nathan
David Dickerson and Nancy Green Moses. William was one of 19 children born to
Nathan and Nancy.
in the Civil War on December 20, 1862 in Greene County, Virginia. He was assigned
to Company F in the 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry. He was captured
on May 18, 1863 and was sent to Ft. McHenry. After his release he was then sent
to Ft. Monroe on May 20, 1863, on to be captured again on June 9, 1863 at Beverly Ford.
He was released from Old Capitol Prison on June 25, 1863. On January 17,
1864 he was admitted to the Charlottesville Hospital with scabies. He was returned
to duty on February 5, 1864. Records indicate he surrendered at Edwards’
Ferry on April 25, 1865and was paroled on May 19, 1865 in Gordonsville, Virginia.
After the war there
were Civil War Reunions and William attended many of them. One of the reunions
he attended was in Birmingham, Alabama in May 1926. He received Civil War medallions
when he attended these reunions. He received a military disability pension until
his death in 1933.
After getting out
of the military, William was the overseer of farms in the area of Prince Edward, Charlotte and Halifax Counties. On December 21, 1869 he married Sarah Rose Barnes. William
and Sarah had a total of 9 children.
The Dickerson family
was very musical. William played the banjo along with his father and brothers
at revivals around the Counties.
William Albert Dickerson
died in Clover, Halifax County, Virginia on November 25, 1933 and is buried at Rodger’s Chapel Church in Clover, Virginia
By: Jacqueline Dunkley
DANIEL W. FLOOD
Daniel W. Flood was born on March 13, 1844 in Togo, Virginia. Daniel was first married to Mary F. and their children
were Thomas E., Joseph W., and Fannie J. Flood.
In 1903 Daniel married Lucie E., born in 1862 near the town of Amherst, Virginia. The ceremony was performed by
Daniel, the eighteen year old son of James Monroe Flood, enlisted in 1862 for three years and served in Co. H,
25th VA. Infantry, Richmond Battalion, City Local Defense, Confederate States Army, Captain William A. Allison’s
Co. Daniel was wounded at the battle of Brook Church May 12, 1864. His wound
was to the right leg about half way between the knee and foot and he was confined to Chimborazo Hospital until April 1865.
This information came from his application of Soldier, Sailor, or Marine for disability by wound.
After the war he returned to Buckingham County to resume farming and in 1896 moved to Amherst County Virginia where
he farmed until his death in 1909.
Daniel’s uncle, the Rev. T. H. Fitzgerald, a Baptist Minister from Beckley, WV, founded three churches in
Buckingham County Virginia. Rev. Fitzgerald related in a letter written in 1951, that when he was a lad of 10, that during
the war many a Confederate soldier, tired and discouraged found food and rest at his father-in-laws house in Toga, Virginia.
After the surrender, Clementine Flood, Mr. Fitzgerald’s niece, age 16, poured coffee for General Robert E.
Lee when he stopped at Toga Virginia on his way back to Richmond.
Submitted by Cloyd Flood, Descendent (Cousin).
|NATHAN G. PRICE
NATHAN G. PRICE
Nathan Price was the son of Nathaniel D.
and Mecca B. Price of Charlotte County, Virginia.
He was born April 7, 1833 and died August
18, 1881. He married Florence Early of Bedford, Virginia.
Nathan was one of five brothers who served
in the Confederacy. He served under Captain Parrish in the Staunton Hill Artillery. After the war he came back to his
home, Maple Grove and lived out the rest of his life as a farmer. Below, is a letter that Nathan sent to his sister Kate while
he was stationed near Wilmington, North Carolina. This letter among other letters and documents were found about 10 years
ago in a roll top desk in the Price home, where Price descendents still reside today.
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Camp Davis Mason near Wilmington N.C.
of the 4th of this month was received in due time. Nat arrived here safely on last evening. I was very glad to see him to
hear from home. It had been about one month since, I had heard from you all. I was glad to hear all were well. I have not
received a letter from Bro Dick now for a month. I expect to get one soon from him, as the cars are about coming now again.
It seemed for a while that we had almost been cut off from the world. We could get but very little direct news from Virginia.
Our people did not suffer as much by the raids as we feared they would have done. I was very glad they did not come through
our section of county. It seems though they paid dear for their victory.
I have little or no news to write. Times are quite quiet down here now. I hope we will get some good news this evening
from Richmond and Petersburg. I like my hat, pretty. I had rather not had it lined. The lining makes the brim draw. This is
rather a lonesome place altho there are two Batallions of Infantry and other company besides ours. Some ladies about here
I am not acquainted with any of them. The mail has just come in, no news from Richmond. Nat is still here he will go
down to his section tomorrow. It is still at the place he left it. We do not catch many fish now. We can't fish at night like
we could where we were. I was very glad to get my pants, handkerchiefs, portfolio, etc. Nat says he had a very
nice time home enjoyed his furlow very much; thinks the Misses Hunts very nice ladies. I suppose Clem Hancock has been
to see you all since he reached home.
why he don't write to me. I thought from the way he talked when he left me he would have written long before now but
I suppose he is very much taken up with the ladies. I reckon I must excuse him. Tell him I have had a very good time
since he left being a soldier too. I have a slight headache this evening so I will write you a short letter. I
want to go out this evening but don't know if I will be able too. Very little found about here. My love to mama and
Your aff.------ Bro
Submitted by Carol Adams Williams,
Great, Great Niece
EDWIN B. DYER
Edwin B. Dyer was born November 23, 1845, in Alabama. He was the son of George and Nancy Dyer.
He joined the Confederacy in 1862. He was a private in the 14th Alabama Infantry, Co. E, Alabama Volunteers.
He was at Gettysburg. He participated in the Wilderness and Spottsylvania battles. The
Fourteenth participated in struggles around Petersburg during the last ten months of the War. He was discharged April 9, 1865,
at Appomattox Court House, Virginia under Captain Perry of Lowndes. There were 70 to 80 men in the fourteenth that were discharged
at Appomatox Court House.
On the forced march to Petersburg, Virginia, he dislocated part of his left arm and had recently broken his right
arm. This would affect him for the rest of his life.
He married Alice A. Smith on March 2, 1869, in Chambers County, Alabama. Edwin and Alice had five children. They
moved from Alabama to Atlanta, Texas to be near his son who was in the oil business. They moved to Fouke, Arkansas, to be
near his daughter. He was a farmer and worked in the sawmill. He moved to Oklahoma
to live with his oldest daughter.
Edwin died on December 9, 1913. He is buried in the cemetery at Ft. Towson, Choctow County, Oklahoma. Alice died
on July 8, 1929, in Miller County Arkansas near her daughter. She is buried in the cemetery at Ft. Towson, Choctow County,
Submitted by Great Granddaughter, Mrs. Patsy Longino Limpus (Mrs. L.L.), President General, United Daughters of
the Confederacy 2002-2204
Charles was born about 1844,
the second of eight children to William Henry Coleman (born 1818) of Bent Creek and Eliza Moseley of Buckingham. They were
married in 1842. William’s parents were Henry and Mary Sears Coleman.
Charles joined the Army of
the Confederate States in the Spring of 1863 in Co. H, 2nd Virginia Cavalry under Captain Joseph W. Carson. Charles
was at Gettysburg as well as the Surrender on 4-9-1865 at Appomattox Courthouse. He was 4th Corporal.
When Charles returned from
the war he gained employment at the Branch Family Farm after the deaths of Lilborn and Indiana Branch. It was during this employment that he met Susan (Susie) Patteson Branch, daughter of Lilborn and
Indiana, and they were married 8-9-1876. Charles and Susie had eight children Indiana 1880, Pearl 1882, Branch M. 1892, Royal
J. 1894, Irene 1893, Florence 1895, Grace 1896, and Taylor H. 1898. Susie died
in June 1903
Charles was married a second
time in 1906 to Edmonia C. Burge (born 10-18-1861), the daughter of James Edward (Ned) Burge (1829-1863) and Frances S. Phelps
Burge(1828-1880) of Wreck Island Creek, Appomattox County, Virginia. Ned Burge
was also in the Confederate States Army and died at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 and is buried there on the battlefield.
Edmonia’s siblings were W.F. 1849, James W. 1854, Mary Sue 1851, Frank E. 1856, Nannie Rebecca 1858. It is believed
that Charles and “Miss Eddie” (Charles always called Edmonia “Miss Eddie”) never had any children.
Charles continued to farm in
Appomattox all his life and was know as “America’s oldest continuous tobacco farmer to attend all reunions and
yield only to Charles W. Caldwell as the last leaf upon the tree of Appomattox veterans”.
When Charles died on July 27,
1945 at the age of 101 and 7 months, he ask his beloved Miss Eddie to bury him in his Confederate Uniform that he so dearly
loved and treasured. Charles, Susie (1st wife), and Edmonia/“Miss
Eddie” (2nd wife) are all buried in the Coleman Family Cemetery on Route 608 in Appomattox County on the
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Submitted by Carolyn E. Austin
with information from newspaper article of Times Virginia on 10-23-1958 by Earle Robinson “Appomattox First Lady now
97 years old”, Appomattox County Virginia Heritage book article by Kim Holland (Great Granddaughter of Charles Henry
Coleman), History of Appomattox by Featherstone.
(Also, a distant relative of
Thomas E. Austin - husband of Carolyn.)
THOMAS HAMILTON WOOLDRIDGE
Thomas Hamilton Wooldridge was born January
5, 1842, the third child of Leroy (Lee) Wooldridge and Mrs. Frances McCormick
Wooldridge. The other children were Mary J., Sarah E, and Hamilton W. Wooldridge. After
the death of his wife, Frances, Leroy married a second time, in 1849, to Mrs. Mary F. Scruggs, who had a daughter named Angeline.
Leroy and Mary had additional
children as follows: Benjamin S., Silas B., Lucy J., Robert L., Alice, and Garland. Thomas
spent most of his young life with his 10 siblings in Buckingham County. Thomas joined the Confederate States Army and served with Co. C, 3rd
Virginia Infantry Regiment , under Colonel Booker and Captain Staples. At the
age of 27, he married a lovely lady by the name of Mildred Frances (Fannie) Bagby the daughter of James H. and Pauline Carson Bagby. Thomas and Fannie had a
total of 12 children, 9 boys (two
sets of twins) and 3 girls. These Wooldridge children were as follows: James
L., Millard W., Benjamin L., twins - Malvin E. and Alvin E., twins Samuel M.
and Hunter B., Nannie Irene, William Fuqua, Effie M., Pauline Elizabeth, and Robert Earl.
Thomas was a well-known and well-like citizen
of the town of Sheppards, in Buckingham, Virginia, where he owned land between Buck and Doe Creeks. Thomas died quite suddenly on July 18, 1895, following an
accident while carpentering. Robert Earl Wooldridge was only 6 months old when his father died. Fannie Wooldridge was left alone to raise their children with help from family, friends, and neighbors. Robert and his brothers and sisters all matured into good citizens and eventually married and raised families of their own in Buckingham, Appomattox and Campbell Counties
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Submitted by Carolyn E. Austin, Great Granddaughter.
Information from personal
family history and Genealogy Report by Dorothy Hines.
WRENNY W. CREWS
Wrenny W. Crews, son of Joseph and Mary Crews, was born in 1840.
He enlisted in Captain Kyles Company of Virginia Heavy Artillery at Appomattox on March 6, 1862, along with his
brother Joseph. Captain Kyles Company was disbanded in June 1862 and he was assigned
to Co., 20th Battalion of Virginia Heavy Artillery. He served with Co. B until he was later transferred to 2nd
38th Regiment, Virginia Infantry. He served with Co. I
until he surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865.
Wrenny married his brother Joseph’s widow after the war in 1866 and they had 5 children: Willie, Robert,
Jenny, Mary and John.
Wrenny died on March 15th, 1912 and is buried in the old Crews Cemetery.
Ancestor of Charlie Crews, Appomattox Rangers/Courthouse Camp #1733.
Submitted by Charlie Crews.
ISAAC GILLIAM CREWS
Isaac Gilliam Crews, son of Joseph and Mary Crews, was born in 1836. He never
Isaac enlisted in Co. F., 11th Virginia Infantry on March 10th, 1862. On May 5, 1862 he was
severely wounded during the Battle of Williamsburg, being shot in his right eye, the bullet passing completely through his
head. He survived and after receiving treatment for his wounds for two years by the Confederate Army, he was discharged on
May 31, 1864.
He never fully recovered from his wound and in August 1889 he entered the Soldiers Home in Richmond, Virginia.
He died there on May 24, 1903. He is buried in the Confederate section of Hollywood
Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.
Ancestor of Charlie Crews, Appomattox Rangers/Courthouse Camp # 1733.
Submitted by Charlie Crews.
JOSEPH B. CREWS
Joseph B. Crews, son of Joseph and Mary Crews was born in 1829. He married Hester A. Martin in 1852. They had four children before he enlisted in the war and they were Nannie, Thomas, Alberta and Joseph.
Joseph B enlisted in Captain Kyles Company of Virginia Heavy Artillery at Appomattox on March 6th, 1862. Captain Kyles Company disbanded in June of 1862 and Private Crews was assigned to
Co. B, 20th Battalion of Virginia Heavy Artillery. He served with
Co. B until he was later transferred to 2nd Company I, 38th Regiment Virginia Infantry. He served with Co. I until his death, from disease, at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia on August 19th, 1864.
His wife had some family members go to Richmond in a horse and wagon and bring him home to the old Crews Place
to be buried.
Ancestor of Tom Austin and Charlie Crews of Appomattox Rangers/Courthouse Camp #1733.
Submitted by Tom Austin.
ARCHER LEWIS REYNOLDS
Archer Lewis Reynolds was born in Buckingham County on December 30, 1842, the son of Obadiah and Lucy Bell Reynolds.
Archer enlisted at Appomattox County on June 5th, 1861 in the 44th Virginia Infantry. He
was later transferred to Co. A., 20th Battalion Virginia Heavy Artillery. He served the 20th until April
6, 1865 when he was taken prisoner at Burkeville, Virginia and sent to Point Lookout Prisoner of War Camp in Maryland. He
took the oath and was released June 19th, 1865. Archer received a pension at Arvonia, Buckingham County on April
Archer married Helen Virginia Booker on February 5th, 1868. They had eight children: Ada, Robert, Richard, Lena, William, Lula, Archer and Susie. He died on April 20th, 1919 and
is buried in a small family cemetery in Buckingham County, Virginia near Curdsville, Virginia.
Ancestor of Joan Reynolds Butler and Charles L. Crews.
Submitted by Joan Reynolds Butler.
JAMES EDWARD BURGE
James was born in 1829 the son
of Thomas Peterson and Rebecca Staples Burge of Buckingham County Virginia. James siblings were Thomas Hall Burge, William
Staples Burge, Martha Rebecca Burge, Susan Elizabeth Burge, Fletcher Benson Burge, and Hester Ann Burge.
James better know as “Ned” met and married Frances Stevens Phelps sometime before 1849.
Ned and Frances children were W. Fletcher Burge, James Washington Burge, Mary Sue Burge, Frank E. Burge, Nannie Rebecca Burge,
and Edmonia Burge.
Ned joined the Confederate States Army on 2-10-1863 into Co, E., 18th Virginia Infantry and was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1,2 or 3, 1863. Ned is buried on the Battlefield
at Gettysburg. Ned’s sword and musket were both returned to his family
after his death and remains with the family today.
child, Edmonia, was only l˝ years old when her father died and she was sent to Louisville Kentucky to live with family there
and did not return for many years. When she did return for a visit she met a young widower named Charles Henry Coleman. She
never returned to Kentucky and married Charles Coleman, who was also a veteran of the War Between the States and was at Gettysburg
in July 1863.
Ancestor of Thomas
E. Austin, Appomattox Rangers Court House Camp # 1733.
Submitted by Tom
and Carolyn Austin.
HENRY THOMAS KIRKLAND
Henry Thomas Kirkland was born in Brunswick
County, Virginia in 1817.
Henry married Mrs. Jane C. Waugh Russell
in Selma Alabama on March 20, 1841. Henry and Jane were the parents of 8 children: Jane
C., Kenneth Rufus, Amanda (Emma), William Thomas (Tom), Henrietter (Etter), Elizabeth (Lizzie), Mary and Sarah. Henry was
a member of the Cahaba Rifles Home Guard/Militia. The Militia roll dated 3-6-1862, Orrville, Dallas County, Alabama showed
him as a member of the 41st Regiment, 7th Brigade, 6th Divison, Alabama Militia, Cahaba Beat. On March 10, 1862 Henry enlisted in the 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry,
Co. F. Later in the year he was admitted to a Virginia hospital with no record of illness or injury and returned to his Regiment
in October 1862. He was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital #4, Richmond, Virginia on 12-15-1862 and did not return to his regiment
until 4-23-1863 as a Provost Guard. On March 31, 1863 he was detached, by the Secretary of War, for government work in Selma, Alabama. He was helping to build
a secret submarine. In October 1864 the shipyard was moved to Mobile Alabama, where it is believed Henry was at the end of
the war. Henry died of cancer, but the date is unknown.
Information courtesy of Claude L. Kirkland
and his book “KIRKLANDS’.
Henry Thomas Kirkland was the Great, Great Grandfather of Betty George Franklin.
WILLIAM THOMAS KIRKLAND
Tom was the forth child of Henry Thomas
Kirkland and Jane Waugh Russell Kirkland and was born in 1846 in Dallas County, Alabama. Tom was 15 years old when he joined
the Confederate States Army in Company A 22nd (5th) Regiment
of the Alabama Infantry. Tom married Sarah (Sallie) Rowland in Meridian, Mississippi on May 17, 1874. Their children were
Robert, Albert, Ida, Ella Charley, Willie and Andy. Tom liked to tell his grandchildren the story of how his hand was injured
during the war. Tom was holding the end of the barrel in his right hand and the
butt of the gun in his left hand while beating the Yankees in the head with the stock when the gun went off and shot him through
the palm of his right hand. He was never able to completely close his hand. He learned to write and build houses using his
left hand. Tom died between 1926 and 1929 and is buried in Henson Cemetery in Kemper County, Mississippi.
Information Courtesy of Claude L. Kirkland
from his book named “KIRKLANDS”.
William Thomas Kirkland was the Great Grandfather
of Mrs. Betty George Franklin.
Silas Whitehead Stinnett
Silas Whitehead Stinnett was born in Amherst County, Virginia on 28 Jan 1848
to Taliaferro and Mary (Polly) Ann Burley Stinnett. In the 1860 Census, Silas
is shown as being 12 years old, attending School, and living with his Parents in Amherst.
On 12 Apr 1861, when Silas was 13 years old, the first shot was fired upon Fort Sumpter and the War Between the States
began. Just a few days later on April 15th, two of his brothers, John
(Jack) R. and Paulus P. Stinnett, enlisted in Company H, 19th Virginia Infantry Regiment, also known as the Southern
Rights Guards. They were followed by a third Brother, William Henry, on 01 Mar
1862. Silas enlisted at the young age of 16 in March or May 1864. By that time, John had already received a Disability Discharge due to illness. Paulus had been wounded twice, held a Prisoner of War at Point Lookout, and had been released to return
to duty. William had been wounded once, but would be wounded again before the end of the War.
We do not know why Silas decided to join the War Between the States. Possibly
to seek justice for what had happened to his Brothers, or simply to protect his beloved homeland. We can be certain that it was not due to slavery; for Silas, his Father, Taliaferro, nor his Grandfather,
Charles, had ever owned slaves. During his Service, Silas was a part of Longstreet’s
Corps, in Pickett’s Division, and was involved in at least 29 engagements of action.
He was wounded on 29 Mar 1865 at Hatcher’s Run, Virginia. His Military
Service Record reports this as a fracture of cranium from gunshot, and testimony given on his Pension Request noted that he
was wounded in the knee or leg. However, it may have been an injury to his foot. His Nephew, Page Calvin Stinnett, shared the memory that Page’s older Brothers,
Carroll and Milton, used to kid Silas that during the War he was wounded in the heel running from the Yankees. Silas would respond by saying, “Great King, Boys! No,
I wasn’t running…I cut’em down!” Silas was always proud
of his Service to the Confederacy. He used to love to sing old camp songs like
“Dixie” and “Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground.” After
the War, it is believed that he joined the John T. Powell Camp of Confederate Veterans in Nelson County. Silas filed for pension in October 1911 and was paid the sum of thirty-six dollars ($36.00) in September
1912. When he was asked to verify Silas’ service; E. B. McGinnis wrote,
“Mr. Stinnett was very young when he entered the Confederate Service some time in 1864 and was so small that we called
him Babe, but he was a gallant Soldier and always ready for any duty imposed upon him, and now, in his old and crippled condition,
is as much entitled to a Pension as any man in Service.” In the 1870 Census,
Silas, age 23, was a Farm Hand living in Temperance, Amherst County, with his Uncle, Uriah Burley. On 11 Jan 1877 in Arrington, Nelson County, Silas married Anne (Annie) Margaret Wood, Daughter of Matthew
H. and Mary Jane Hunter Wood. They were blessed with their first Child, Mary
Blanch(e), 09 Oct 1878. The 1880 Census shows Silas, age 31, as a Farmer living
with his Family in Temperance. During the next 10 years, Silas and Annie were
blessed with 7 more Children: Nellie Gray, 08 Oct 1881; Matthew Dillard, 02 Mar
1883; Emma Rose, 30 Jun 1886; Houston Gordon, 27 Jan 1889; Laurabelle Taylor, 12 Jan 1892; Jesse Wood, 23 Aug 1894; and Ruby
Roberta, 21 Aug 1897. In the 1900 Census, Silas, age 52, was a Farmer living
with his Family in Lovingston, Nelson County. It was also noted that he could
read and write. Still living in Lovingston in the 1910 Census, Silas, age 63,
was recorded as a Farmer and a survivor of the Confederate Army. Mary, Nellie,
and Rose had married and no longer lived at home. Matthew had passed away. By the 1920 Census, Silas, age 72, was a Widow living with his Daughter, Mary, and
her Family in Lynchburg. In the 1930 Census, Silas, age 84, was living with his
Daughter, Rose, and her Family in Lovingston. His Granddaughter, Margaret Cook
Fulton, remembers that Silas had fell and broke his hip confining him to bed, and that Rose was taking care of him. Margaret went to visit him there when she was about 9 years old, and Silas called her and her Sisters his
“Yankee Gals.” Silas loved Children.
His Nephew, Page, recalls that when Silas would come to visit, he would take Page on his lap and tell him stories about
"Old Billy". He used his index finger to represent old Billy and every now and then would punch Page in the ribs with his
index finger (old Billy). Page would giggle, much to the delight of his Uncle Silas.
Silas was a very religious man, and his home Church was Shipman Baptist Church.
He also used to attend services with the Harlow Family at Fairmont Church in Variety Mills (just below Arrington). The preacher there would always ask Silas to say a prayer during the service. His Great-Grandson, Randy Harlow shared how his Grandmother Rose talked about Silas
being Superintendent of Sunday School at Mt Moriah Baptist Church in Amherst County.
In recent years, Randy was told that one of Silas’ cousins invited him to spend a few days with him during the
winter. The cousin picked Silas up and on the way home stopped off at a house where he said he had left an axe to be sharpened.
Silas waited patiently in the cold for his cousin. Apparently, this was the house of a bootlegger and Silas was wise to that
fact. When his cousin finally returned to the car, Silas remarked, "You know. I wouldn't mind a taste of that axe myself."
So, he was very religious and very witty. His Grandson, Jack Henry Harlow, says
that Silas was a good man and got along well with everyone...except for Gypsies. Jack
can remember being told a story of when Silas was visiting Julian Bowling in Colleen.
He was sitting in a chair cutting weeds with his homemade corn knife when some Gypsies came up to him promising that
they could give him good luck. He said that he had all of the luck that he needed. They continued to try to talk him into giving them some money so it they could bring
him good luck, and he ran them off with his corn knife. Great-Grandson, William
Robert Farrar, Sr. was only four when Silas died, but he remembers being led to his bedside before he passed and that he was
fascinated by Silas’ waist-length beard. Silas passed away 07 Jun 1938
in Arrington, at age 90. Even though he has been gone for 68 years, neither Silas
nor his honorable Service to the Confederacy has been forgotten. It
is up to you, Descendants and Children of the Confederacy to pass on his proud History and make sure that he never is forgotten.
Written By: Great-Great-Great-Grand Niece, Laurie Goodman Lenz