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Iron Cross and Memorial Service for Alexander Family
Iron Cross Dedication for George Frank Powell
Iron Cross Dedication for Robert Elliott
Iron Cross Dedication for Richard Price
Ironcross Dedication for Silas Stinnett
Iron Cross Dedication for Chancey Ferguson
Iron Cross Dedication for Thomas Wooldridge and Thomas O'Brien
Iron Cross Dedication for Elisha Lucado
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson weekend event, May 11-13, 2007
September 2003 Re-enactment
Massing of the Flags
Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
2006 Jefferson Davis National Memorial Service
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2002 Jefferson Davis National Memorial Service
Railroad Festival 2002
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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.


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.

Joseph Henry Phlegar

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 ahead.


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 family.


Submitted by Carolyn E. Austin, wife of Thomas E. Austin, Great, Great, Grandson.



Nathaniel Gaines Price




Nathaniel Gaines Price was born December 5, 1844 to Nathaniel Daniel. and Mecca B. Harvey Price. He lived on the family farm Maple Grove in Madisonville Va. Nathaniel was one of four brothers who served in the Confederacy.

Nathaniel enrolled on February 9, 1863  at Camp Bruce, North Carolina. He served under Captain Andrew Parrish in the Staunton Hill Artillery. He also had another brother Nathan Harvey Price who had already been serving in the Staunton Hill Artillery when Nathaniel enrolled. Nathaniel did not get to participate in many engagements during the war. He died from disease on May  8, 1864. He was only 19 years old. Nathaniel is buried in Nicholas County West Virginia.


Submitted by : Carol Adams Williams, Great –great niece


Nathan Harvey Price



 Nathan Harvey Price was the second son born to Nathaniel Daniel and Macca Harvey Price. Nathan was born at Maple Grove the family farm on April 7, 1833. Nathan grew up in a large family of seven brothers and two sisters. His father was a planter who owned roughly one thousand acres that consisted of two farms, Maple Grove and Butter wood. They raised livestock, corn, wheat, barley, and tobacco. Butterwood had belonged to the Harvey’s so when  Nathaniel married Macca Harvey he  purchased the property, which was located only a few miles from the homeplace. The family lived in a typical farmhouse with many outbuildings and tobacco barns on the property. Some of these outbuildings and tobacco barns still stand and are in use today. As the years went by war broke out and all young men were ready and willing to join the cause. Nathan along with three other brothers decided to join the Confederacy and fight for the cause. Nathan was one of six young men who joined  February 25, 1862,in Savannah, Georgia. Nathan enlisted in the Staunton Hill Artillery that was under the direction of Captain Charles Bruce. In March of 1862, it was suggested by General Lee that Captain Bruce’s artillery was needed in Goldsborough, North Carolina. By April of that year Captain Bruce  was commanding two sections of the Staunton Hill Artillery, one was assigned in South Carolina and the other in Georgia. Nathan was in the Georgian based section and they returned to North Carolina on May 20. The men made camp at a place called Camp Hedrick. Three days later the battery was reorganized and Captain Bruce declined to serve due to failing health. During that time Andrew B. Paris was chosen commander. On May 29, 1862, Nathan  wrote this letter to his brother Nathaniel from Camp Hedrick North Carolina. 

Camp Hedrick North Carolina

Staunton Hill Artillery May 29, 1862

Dear Nat,

I received your letter of the 12th in due time. I would have answered it before this time but we have been busy clearing up our drill ground, consequently I had to delay writing until now. I may have some duty to perform before I can finish this. It seems hard to get water here. We have dug two wells and still haven’t enough yet. It is not very good water nothing like the water we had in Savannah that was splendid. I have been expecting a letter from Richard C.(Dick) for two or three days but haven’t received any yet. I wrote the day we left Savannah, which was the 12th and also the day or two after getting here. We have organized our company. There was a great deal of dissatisfaction about officers when the two sections finally got together but there have been compromises which I hope will be more satisfactory. It seems to be office seekers which has caused a great deal of dissatisfaction among the army towards an organization. Our Captain Paris is a man who formally was 2nd Lieutenant. Dr. Gregory was our company physician and Lieutenant Archer was an orderly. Thomas Marshall was an orderly and Kyle Hannah is 6th corporal. I am connoisseur no 6 who cuts fuses for the guns. Lieutenant James and Boldin have resigned and gone home. As for a fight about here I can’t say what the Yankees intend doing. They will have to make the attack here before we could connect with them. I am glad to hear that you have a good supply of pigs, try and take good care of them. It is time you were shearing the sheep. How do the hogs and oats look? Are they any better than they were last year? You didn’t write how the clover looked. I expect you have planted some tobacco by this time. This is not tobacco country, great country for sweet potatoes and ground peas. I have never seen the like of ground peas in the greatest abundance. Our tents are literally getting threadbare. We have been eaten up by flies and mosquitoes down here in North Carolina. We heard that the Yankees gave our forces a pretty mean beating at Leesburg a few days ago but old Stonewall Jackson is killing and ragging on. Nat, tell Clem to write to me. I wrote him more than a month ago and haven’t received a letter yet. My love to Ma and all the children, friends, and girls. Tell Dick to write me soon and give me all the news about them and the army. I will see you later your brother. Write soon and give love to all.

N.H. Price

Submitted by: Carol Adams Williams, Great great niece



James Lacy Price



James Lacy Price of Madisonville was one of four brothers born to Nathaniel Daniel and Macca Harvey Price that enlisted in the Confederate Army. Jimmy was born October 24, 1842 at Maple Grove, the homeplace. Jimmy enlisted as a Private  in the Red House Volunteers 21st Regiment, Company A, on June 20, 1861 at Red House, Virginia. The 21st regiment was organized in April 1861 and the regiment was assigned to Gillham’s Brigade of Loring’s Division. Some of the battles that the Red House volunteers engaged in were the battle of Franklin, Malvern Hill, Cedar Mountain, The Wilderness, Gettysburg, and Cold Harbor to name a few. The Red House Volunteers surrendered with the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse. Jimmy was wounded on August 9, 1862 at Cedar Mountain with gunshot wounds to his right hand, left shoulder, and pelvis. He was then recommended for light duty. He retired in April  1864 and went back home to farm and be with his widowed mother. During this time he wrote this letter to his brother Nathan.


                                                                          Charlotte Co.  Aug. 24, 1864

James Lacy Price to Nathan Price 

Dear Brother,

    Yours of the 24th of July was received on Saturday last. We were glad to hear that you all were well. Irma has gone to Aunt Callie Humbles. She went last Sat. Will come home next Monday. Aunt Martha went with her. They went on the cars from Pamplin to Staunton. I think mama’s health has improved very much since Nat-left. I have finished my oats. I made about 10 medium size stacks. I have been cutting grass in the low grounds it is not as good as I thought it would be. I have cut as much grass as I did last year if not more. I think I can get more after a while then I got this time. Great deal of the grass was not tall enough to cut this time. I’m cleaning up where I had oats this year in order to go to plowing as soon as we have a rain. I intend to plow in all of the good land in the old prize barn field where I had oats last year. I also intend fallowing where I had wheat last year for oats. I mean the fresh land in front of the old barn field also the Spring lot behind the kitchen. We had not had a good rain for a long time. We had a very pretty shower last Sunday evening but we need more now. We have only a tolerable crop of apples. I’m in hopes we can make a little Brandy this year. I have breed Bet my mare to Dumphrey’s horse (Skylock). The one he had last year was named Prince. Prince is a very good horse but I think Skylock is a better one. I have to carry Bet to the horse this morning. You asked me if Bet’s last colt was a fine one. Yes it has been given up by nearly everybody who has seen it- to be a very fine colt. It is the most compact little thing I can say. I think it will be a superior horse to Jimmie Davis’s horse. She is a very nice thing. I have been riding her some. I suppose Nat told you about it. She is one of the best dispositional animal I ever saw.   We have not heard from Brother Dick since the 25th of July. I suppose you have seenthe account of the Petersburg blow up. You wished to know how I was getting on with the Misses Hunt. Very indeed you also wanted to know if Nat fell in love too. I suppose from the way in which you wrote you think I’m in love but you are very much mistaken.  I’m not what you may call a general fly around. I am not partial to any Girl. I attend to them all a little. There are some I never have anything more to do with then I possibly can help. You say we have a new set of Girls to those you use to fly around. I reckon so as all of your old sweethearts have entered the old maids list or nearly all. With a few exceptions we have a very nice set of young ladies in our neighborhood at this time. Our corn is suffering for rain. Peas are countable, sugar cane medium, watermelons late. We have had some few small ones. I must close this letter. I hope you all are well.


Your affectionate Brother

 James Lacy Price  


Jimmy married Mary Daniel and had a daughter, Edna. Jimmy along with his brother Richard Collier attended the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Jimmy died on October 18, 1926 and is buried at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church.


Submitter: Carol Adams Williams Great-great niece


Richard Collier Price

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 family farm. 


            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 heritage.    


Submitted by Carol Adams Williams,  Great Granddaughter


Private John Randolph Ramsey

John Randolph Ramsey


John Randolph Ramsey was born September 22, 1835 in Charlotte County Virginia. He was the son of Samuel B. Ramsey born 1809 in charlotte County Virginia, who married Sarah Cunningham September 19, 1831. John was the first-born child and had three brothers and three sisters.


He married Mollie Layne May 4, 1861 in Charlotte County Virginia. John and Mollie had 11 children that lived and 3 that died as infants. All of their children are buried at Midway Baptist Church, Charlotte County with the exception of one buried at Falling River. John and Mollie had 44 Grand Children. Mollie was the daughter of Hilley and Mary Layne


John enlisted as a Private on September 23, 1861 at the age of 26 in Charlotte County, Virginia. Head stone on his grave at Midway Baptist Church lists Paris Co VA Arty, CSA.


John also had a brother Samuel Ramsey who enlisted July 18, 1861 in Charlotte County who was present and deserted in 1862, present again in 1863, was a POW at Hatcher’s Run March 1865, was admitted Campbell’s Hospital, Washington DC April 7, 1865 and died May 6, 1865 of gunshot wound of right thigh and left leg.


Submitted by: Frances Ramsey Lewis, Great Grand Daughter

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 9th, 1901.


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.




John Franklin Scott

John Franklin Scott was born in 1841, the oldest son of John Scott and Elizabeth Clayton Scott of Isle of Wright. John F. served in the Civil war having enlisted in Captain James Hankins Company, Virginia Light Artillery. This company was organized in 1861 May in Surry County and John Franklin was mustered in at Surry Court House 22 July 1861. The Surry Light Artillery was assigned to the 3rd Regiment Va. Infantry. This unit was assigned to the Richmond Defenses that participated in operations against Petersburg, and ended the war at Appomattox.

After returning home from the war John married Annie E. Brock in 1867. Together they had six children. Annie died after the birth of her youngest child. In 1879, John married Mary Emma Doyle and together they had seven children.

John was very sociable and he would have Civil War veterans use his home to have their meetings in. Also, foxhunts took place on his property too. Mr. Scott died in Newport News May 15, 1924 at the age of eighty-two years.

Submitted by Marjorie (Karen) Brown Sale, Great-great niece

Silas Whitehead Stinett

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

Peter Lee Stratton

Peter Lee Stratton


Peter Lee Stratton, born April 24, 1827 in Fluvanna Co, died January 21, 1910 in the Stonewall area of Appomattox Co., Va. His wife was Elizabeth (Betty) Woodson LeGrand, was born in 1832 in a house overlooking Stonewall Creek in what was part of Campbell Co. at the time later to become Appomattox Co.. when it was formed in 1845. Betty died October 5, 1911 in Appomattox. Peter was a carpenter and farmer and with his bride, Betty, had nine children, seven of which lived to be adults. They bought a farm in 1859 in what was known as Spanish Oaks, near Stonewall, where they raised their family and are buried at Hebron Baptist Church.

Corporal Peter Stratton fought in the War Between the States, first serving in Capt. Robert R. Kyle's Co. Va. Heavy Arty. and later under Capt. James F. Chalmer's Co. (Co. A, 19th Bn, Va. Heavy Arty.

Peter was present during the Battle of Appomattox and the Surrender in April of 1865. Following the Surrender, the Yankee soldiers were to collect all of the good horses and take them up north. Even though officers were allowed to keep their mounts, Peter asked if he would be allowed to keep his horse being told that if he could catch one loose he could have it. As luck would have it he somehow "found" a horse which had "become" untied and then he caught it, after which he drove a nail into the horse' hoof causing him to limp.

The Shearer brothers, both officers who lived two farms past Peter and Betty's home, as they were leaving the village of Appomattox Court House, were showing their "Paroled Prisoner's Pass" to the guards who allowed them to go on their way. Peter, riding his limping horse, came up to the guards, held up his papers and said "Mine, says the same as theirs" and he never slowed up but kept on riding past.

After removing the nail, Peter rode his horse home just in time to plant the spring crops. That year he said he raised the largest crop of com ever.


submitted by G. Daniel Stratton

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