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Other Confederate Soldiers

In our search to document soldiers of the 23rd Virginia, we have come across images of other soldiers who served in other units and whose images are, to our knowledge, unpublished. To preserve the story of these men for all time, we have posted their photographs to our site. May they never be forgotten.

 


 

 

Frank V. Winston

Captain, 13th Virginia Infantry

Charles Paine Hansell

Pvt. 20th Battalion GA Cavalry

 

Fought at Charleston, South Carolina and Trevilion Station, Virginia.

General Clayton G. Coleman

 

General Clayton G. Coleman 1807-1872, Louisa County, Va. Justice, Member State Legislature, Confederate soldier.  His son Clayton G. Coleman Jr. served in 23rd Virginia.  It is presumed that his rank of general was in the Virginia Militia by the uniform and the fact that he is not listed in Generals In Gray.

 

 

John McHaney Stone,

Pvt. Co. F, 38th Virginia Infantry

 

Born 6/4/44. Enlisted Republican Grove, Halifax County, Virginia  6/4/61. Present until sent to hospital 6/22/62 from accidental wound. Returned to duty. Detailed litter bearer prior to 7/1/63. According to  Nothing But Glory, he was at Gettysburg detailed as litter bearer in Ambulance Corps in Pickett's Charge. Present until detailed teamster for brigade prior to 12/31/64. Still absent as of 2/25/65. Assigned light work with brigade. Paroled 4/9/65 at Appomattox. Died 8/12/26 in Halifax County, Virginia.  John was born and died in the same house. His house was located near Cody, Virginia in Halifax County on the road between Straight Stone and Cody.

 

 

Paul Epperson

and wife Henrietta Taylor,

Pvt. Co. F, 38th Virginia Infantry

 

Born 7/16/30. Enlisted 3/14/62 at Republican Grove, Halifax County, Virginia. Left wife and 3-year old son, John Edward, at home. Admitted Chimborazo Hospital 4/17/62. WIA (slightly) Malvern Hill 7/1/62 and admitted to Richmond Hospital 7/3/62. Admitted Chimborazo Hospital 3/10/65 with chronic diarrhea. Died 7/31/08. Buried in family cemetery on Rt. 647 (Tobacco Road) 2 miles east of Republican Grove.  

 

 

Sidney Strother

Sgt., Ellett's Co. Light Artillery

(Crenshaw's Battery), ANV

 

Born in Richmond, Virginia. Enlisted in Crenshaw's Battery for 3 years or war March 14, 1862, in Richmond. Seriously wounded by shell and mini ball June 27, 1862, at the Battle of Cold Harbor (Gaines Mill). Died that night at his home in Richmond.  His father, W. P. Strother, received $85 in 1863 from the Confederate government. Buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

 

Cornelius Wimer and wife Susan Catherine Waybright

Pvt. Co. C, 14th Virginia Cavalry

 

Born 10/22/39. Enlisted as sergeant in Company B, 162 Regiment Virginia Militia at Monterey, Highland County, Virginia August 1, 1861, age 22. Enlisted as private at Churchville, Augusta County, Virginia May 15, 1862, in 14th Virginia Cavalry. Present 9/62 through 2/63. Present 3 and 4/63. Present 2 through 8/64. AWOL 9/24/64. Present November and December 1864.  Died 11/19/26 in Blue Grass, Highland County, Virginia. Buried in Cemetery there.

Emma C. "Emily" Shelton and

Daniel S. "Joe" Chaney

Cpl. Co. C, 38th Virginia Infantry

 

Born 9/20/36. Enlisted 5/30/61 at Laurel Grove, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia. Present until wounded in action with gunshot flesh wound in leg at Seven Pines (according to CSR but was probably Malvern Hill) 7/1/62 and admitted 7/3/62 to Chimborazo Hospital. Promoted to 3rd Corporal prior to 4/1/64 but was back to private by 8/15/64. Family history says he was in Pickett's Charge, as documented in Nothing But Glory. They were married 12/19/67 in Pittsylvania County. His brother Beverly Wroe Chaney also served in Co. C, enlisting about age 19 in 10/64 and present until at least 2/65.

 

Rufus Dennis Stallings

30th North Carolina Infantry

 

 

John Henry Morris

Pvt. Co. C, 14th Virginia Infantry

Fluvanna Rifle Guard

 

Born 1844 in Fluvanna County, Virginia. Son of William Nelson Morris & Susan J. Lowry. Morris enlisted in Richmond 3/27/62.
Absent "unarmed and undrilled" at Suffolk until joined company 4/10/62.
Admitted Williamsburg Episcopal Church Hospital 5/18/62 and Petersburg Hospital 5/28/62. No record 7-8/62. AWOL 10/30/62 through 1-2/63.  Present 3-4/63 until deserted near Culpeper Courthouse 7/26/63.  Was present in Armisteadís Brigade in Pickettís Charge at Gettysburg, as mentioned in relative's letters and listed in Nothing But Glory. Arrested and confined at Castle Thunder 1/64.  Admitted Richmond General Hospital with pneumonia 3/8/64.  At Richmond General Hospital with chronic bronchitis 4/13/64. Returned to Castle Thunder 5/3/64. Present 7-10/1864.  Admitted Chimborazo Hospital with pleuritis 11/12/1864 and transferred to Fluvanna County by order of the Surgeon General.  Carried on company clothing list 11/30/1864 and 12/31/1864.  Paroled Columbia, VA 5/65. Married Mary Elizabeth Desper 12/24/1867 and fathered 10 children.
Was a "jack of all trades": pulled teeth, vet, carpenter, barber, wheelwright, blacksmith. Died Louisa 10/18/15.

 

Phillip Beverly Brinkley

Lt. Co. I, 41st Virginia Infantry

Phillip and several of his brothers, sons of Abram Brinkley and Nancy Knight, joined Co. I "Cypress Sharpshooters" in 1861. He served throughout the war. Cypress Chapel, as the area of his enlistment is known, is on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp in Nansemond County (now City of Suffolk), VA. Photo ca. 1900.

Alexander Lawrence

Pvt. Co. A, 24th Virginia Cavalry

 

Alexander Lawrence was born May 25, 1835 at his family's farm "Scotiana" in Henrico County, Va. He enlisted March 19, 1862, along with a brother in Wren's Cavalry (2 Co.'s), which became Co.'s A and B under First Lt. B. W. Green.  When the final roll call was made at Appomattox, only 26 men from the original 312 officers and men of Wren's original two companies were present. Surrendered at Appomattox. Some of the land he had inherited from his father he donated to Mount Vernon Baptist Church  in 1875. 
He became a member of the Robert E. Lee Camp No. 1 of The United Confederate Veterans and was present at the May 29, 1890, unveiling of the new Lee Monument. Alexander
died October 6, 1895, at 404 Kinney St in Richmond.
Buried Hollywood Cemetery then moved to  Riverview Cemetery in Richmond.
 

 

 

Sidney R. Murkland 

3rd Virginia Infantry (Local Defense) May 25, 1861


 

 

William James "Jim" Harlow and
wife Susan "Sook" Gilbert
Pvt. Co. C, 56th Virginia Infantry
Louisa Holiday Guards
 

Born 1838 in Louisa County. Enlisted 2/64 at Chaffin's Farm. Admitted Richmond Hospital 6/17/64 age 26 with gunshot wound of the left hip. Furloughed for 60 days 6/28/64. Farmer. Paroled 5/15/65. Applied for pension 4/9/88 at age 51. Disabled due to gunshot wound received at Chester Station 6/16/64. $15 approved. Buried 2 miles west of Ferncliff, off Rt. 250, Butler/Harlow Family Cemetery. On the 1888 pension roll from Louisa County his $24.00 funeral expenses are shown as paid by The State of Virginia.
 

 

 

Patrick Henry Sipe and

wife Lavina Frances Goode

  Pvt. Co. C, 6th Virginia Cavalry and later Co. B, 23rd Virginia Cavalry (ca. 1921)

 

Born Port Republic, VA 4/16/46. Married Lavina Good of Rockingham Co., VA 4/17/66. Fathered 5 sons and 6 daughters. Enlisted in 1861 at age 15. According to his obituary he participated in "..most of the notable engagements, with one exception, that of the Battle of Gettysburg, his horse having been shot beneath him before he reached the battlefield". Moved his family to the vicinity of Dayton, Ohio in 1878. Died 1/16/23. Buried Parish Cemetery in Clay Township, Montgomery County, Ohio.

 

 

George W. Stewart

Hugh L. McClung's Battery

 1st Tennessee Light Artillery

 

Born Nashville, TN 11/6/42. Enlisted 1861 and participated in the battles of Fishing Creek, Shiloh, Corinth, Iuka, Missionary Ridge, and Nashville, where he was captured. Sent to Camp Douglas, IL. Was imprisoned there until the end of the war. Was an active member of Co. B Confederate Veterans and Camp No. 35 , UCV and Frank Cheatham Bivouac. Was a member of the firm of Stewart and Bruckner. His comrade Melville M. Barnes wrote upon his death, "There were times when the odds were greatly against us, the men were falling thick and fast, when it looked like death, destruction was in the air, yet he, with others in the company, stood to the guns. In such ordeals, George Stewart was ever cheerful under the most trying circumstances. Our brass rifled canon were engraved by order of the Confederate Congress "Nashville" and "Shiloh" for efficient services rendered in the battle of Shiloh." According to the UCV, comrade Stewart was ever faithful to the cause, being active in all the duties of his Camp and company, and a constant reader of the VETERAN from the beginning. Died Nashville 3/2/10. Said his great grand daughter who sent us this photo "Thanks so very much for posting my great-grandfather on your website. As you have read in his obituary, he was captured in the Battle of Nashville & was sent to Camp Douglas...one can only imagine the conditions there!! Thanks to the local Sons of Confederate Veterans, I was able to apply for a marker for him from the VA! It has been installed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville. If you are ever in Nashville, a visit to the Confederate Memorial at Mt. Olivet is indeed moving. It is at the highest point, and honors those killed defending Nashville."

 

Yewell Franklin Hodges

Pvt. Co. A, 13th North Carolina Infantry

 

Born in 1831 in Halifax Co., VA. As a young man he bought a farm in Caswell Co., NC near Yanceyville. In 1861, unlike his 2 brothers who served in the Confederate army, he opposed the War. His grandson said he considered it "a rich man's war." At the outbreak of the war he had no slaves and a wife and 4 very young children to support. Enlisted or was drafted 10/16/64 as a Private at Camp Holmes, Raleigh, NC.  Mustered into Company A 13th NC Infantry 10/16/64. Sent to Petersburg where he served in Corses Brigade. Listed on records as deserted 3/19/65. Was caught almost immediately and sent back to the lines. Captured at Hatcher's Run 4/2/65 and sent to Point Lookout, MD about 4/4/65. Took Oath of Allegiance on 6/27/65 at Point Lookout and returned home.

The 1870 Census showed he had a 5th child and real estate valued at $2,500.  Yewell died in 1901 in Halifax Co., VA.

In early 1880's, one of his sons, Edward Falcon Hodges, bought Oak Circle and 275 acres from the widow of Col. Easley, a business partner at the Brooklyn tobacco factory in Halifax County, VA. Edward Hodges married Virginia Lee Williams, daughter of Captain Samuel Carter Williams of Co. E, Brooklyn Grays, 23rdVirginia Infantry.

 

 

 

Henry Clay Turner

Pvt. Co. H, 24th Virginia Infantry

 

POW Point Lookout

 

 

Marcellus French

Cpt., Richmond Howitzers

 

Born 1831 Warrenton, Fauquier County, VA. Was a Texas ranger in the 1850's. Uncle and brother KIA Gettysburg. Paroled City Point 6/7/65. Civil Engineer after the war. Died Houston, Halifax County, VA 1919

 

 

Moses F. Powell

Pvt. Co. I, 10th Virginia Infantry

 

Born 11/5/39. Enlisted Conrad's Store  (Elkton), VA 4/18/61 with his brothers Elias (KIA by Union Cavalry near his home 10/30/62) and Albert (KIA Spotsylvania 5/10/64). Brother Emanuel hired as teamster for the 10th VA.  Awarded Southern Cross of Honor by UDC 6/14/16. Died 12/8/26 and buried Elk Run Cemetery in Powell Gap, Shenandoah National Park.

 

 

Willis C. Aaron

Pvt. Co. E, 53rd Virginia Infantry

 

Enlisted at Suffolk, VA 4/20/62.  Present in Armistead's Brigade at Gettysburg according to Nothing But Glory. POW Point Lookout. His daughter Mary Bet Aaron married one of his fellow prisoners, Henry Clay Turner of the 24th Virginia.

 

 

James Robertson

Goochland Light Artillery

 

Enlisted at Richmond 2/2/63, age 17. Son of Thomas F. Robertson and Frances Ann Bowles of Perkinsville, Goochland Co., VA.

 

George Edwin Ruffin

Co. E, 1st Battalion Virginia Infantry

 

Born 5/3/48 in Petersburg, VA. Enlisted 4/63. Paroled in Danville, VA. Married 10/12/75 to Ada Cora Hardin in New Kent County, VA. Died 10/24/07 in Chester, VA 

 

Recalled his granddaughter who knew him, "I remember when I was a teenager going to Petersburg (I lived in Chester in the Ruffin Home) and going underground in all of the rooms dug out for the troops during the War. I remember the rooms where they stayed, ate, cooked, and all. It was scary and the compound was quite large. I understand one cannot go underground in the camp now."

 

Believed to be a post-war militia photo, ca. 1878.

 

 

 

 Richardson Wallace Haw

 Cpl./Lt. Co. I, 15th Virginia Infantry

 

Enlisted Hanover Grays, Hanover County, VA. Surrendered Appomattox. Married Ruth Deane Sheppard of the family of William L. Sheppard, the artist. Based on an article in the July 1926 edition of Confederate Veteran, which was about the 7 Haw brothers and cousins, Richardson received a battlefield commission to Lieutenant.

 

According to his granddaughter, Richardson explained to his son after the war  "I surrendered since I was the only one left in the company." She continued, "My father along with a group of boys helped pull R. E. Lee's statue from the Main Street railroad station to the place on Monument Avenue where it stand now. He said it was just in the middle of a broom straw field. We have a nail from the crate and a piece of rope."

 

 

 

 

Jeremiah "Jerry" Brewer

Cpl. Co. E, 10th Kentucky Cavalry CSA

 

Jeremiah "Jerry" Brewer was born in Breathitt County Kentucky (present day Wolfe County Kentucky) in 1841 to Willis and Mahalah Maynard Brewer. Jeremiahís mother and father were originally from North Carolina. He and a brother (Jefferson Brewer) enlisted on January 3, 1863, in Company E of Diamondís 10th Kentucky Cavalry, "Yankee Chasers". On March 1, 1863, he was promoted to Corporal. He married Sara Baker. He was a farmer and lived in Breathitt and Wolfe Counties of eastern Kentucky all his life. Pictures above right, left to right, Jeremiah Brewer, Sarah Baker Brewer, Polly Brewer Vandeve, (sitting) Manda Brewer Morrison

 

 

Thomas Edwin Roberts

Co. E, 7th (redesignated 11th)

Kentucky Cavalry, CSA

 

Thomas Edwin Roberts enlisted in Company E of the 7th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA at Richmond, KY in September 1862 along with ten of his first cousins from the Maupin and Terrill families.  His cousin Robert Bruce Terrill raised the company.  The regiment was attached to General John Hunt Morganís command and accompanied Morgan on his famous raid into Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.  Thomas was captured with Morganís men on July 20, 1863, near Buffington Island, OH and taken to Camp Douglas POW camp in Chicago.  Thomas and his cousins were exchanged on January 12, 1865.  Thomas never signed the oath of allegiance and went to his grave with the shackle scars from his imprisonment.  He is buried in Clay County, MO, an area friendly to ex-Confederates after the war.

 

 Joseph Lewis Bennett

Pvt. Co. A, 38th Virginia Infantry

 

Enlisted 5/30/61 at Kentuck, Pittsylvania County,    Virginia. Present until admitted Richmond General  Hospital 3/2/62 with paralysis. Detailed to go home  with brother 3/21/62. Admitted Richmond General Hospital 5/17/64 with severe wounds to both thighs (probably sustained at Drewry's Bluff 5/64). Given wounded furlough prior to 10/12/64. Assigned light duty by order of Medical Examiner's Board 12/8/64. Detailed to Lynchburg 2/25/65 and paroled there 4/13/65. Age 29.

Alfred J. Lilliston

Pvt. Co. F, 46th Virginia Infantry

 

Born 11/25/44 to farmer Henry P. Lilliston and his wife Mary A. Finney, Accomack, VA on the Eastern Shore. Alfred is listed on the 7/31/61 muster roll of the 2nd Virginia Militia from Accomack County # 37 with his neighbors and Confederate comrades, John J. Wise and George D. Wise. Evading Union blockaders in the Chesapeake Bay, Alfred enlisted in Company F, 46th Virginia Infantry (Wiseís Brigade) at White House, VA with Captain J. H. White. He enlisted for three years or the duration of the war. Was given a temporary furlough 3/1/64 while assigned at Johns Island, SC. Captured 3/17/64 in Accomack County. Confined in military prison Camp Hamilton, VA 3/19-30/64. Removed to Point Lookout, MD 4/1/64. Transferred from Point Lookout to Elmira (NY) prisoner of war camp 7/23/64. Arrived there 7/23/64 and released 12/7/64. Assigned at Elmira POW Camp, 8th Ward. Ambrotype made in Petersburg, VA.

 

Charles Danne, Jr.

Pvt. Co. F, 43rd Battalion of Cavalry

Mosby's Rangers

 

Enlisted 9/19/61 in Fauquier Co., VA. After war, owned store in Trevilian, VA

 

 Luther Rice Blair

Pvt., Capt. Samuel T. Wright's Company (C)

De Gournay's Battalion (1st)

Halifax Heavy Artillery

 

Born 6/26/42 in Pittsylvania County, VA. Enlisted for 3 years or the war 3/18/62 in the Halifax Light Artillery in Halifax County, VA as a private. He was 19. Hospitalized 9/5/62 at Petersburg, VA with debilitas (weakness or feebleness). Hospitalized 10/27/62 with pleuritis (a viral inflammation of the lining surrounding the lungs which causes painful breathing). Returned to duty 11/14/62 (place not stated). On company rolls 12/31/63 (place not stated). On company rolls 1/1/64. Received clothing issue 10/31/64. Died 6/12/18 in Pittsylvania County, VA. In about 1983, USA Today interviewed his daughter, Rebecca Hodges, at the Home for Confederate Women in Richmond. She was 90. She proudly related, "If we were wasteful and put bread in the hog slop, he'd tell us he'd seen the time during the war when he would have fished it out and ate it."...I remember he'd told us that his mother gave him 50 cents when he went to war and told him to keep it and he would never be broke. He still had that 50 cents when he died in 1918." After the war Luther pieced together a 360-acre farm. "He never had a bad thing to say about any of the Yankees and that same feeling rubbed off on me. They had their side as well as we did."

 

William Addison Young Blair

Pvt., Capt. Samuel T. Wright's Company (C)

De Gournay's Battalion (1st)

Halifax Heavy Artillery

Granville H. Royster

Corp. Co. F, 38th Virginia Infantry

 

Born 1840 to Fabian Armistead Royster and Elizabeth Pleasant Lassiter. Enlisted 6/4/61 at Republican Grove, Hailfax County, VA 6/4/61. Wounded 5/31/62 in Battle of Seven Pines in which the 38th took heavy casualties. Sent to hospital in Richmond where he died 6/12/62. Buried beside his mother in Oxford Cemetery near the courthouse in Oxford, NC.

 

The black case containing Corp. Granville's image was found in a trunk that had been stored in Clarksville, VA. The back of the photograph bears his name and the date June, 1861. He wears a frock coat and a mason's pin on his cravat. 

Dr. Powhatan Bledsoe

 

Assigned Assistant Surgeon Seabrooke's Warehouse Hospital Richmond, VA spring 1862. Assigned as Surgeon, 32nd Virginia Regiment following Seven Pines. Present Second Manassas and Sharpsburg. Sixty days leave, then transferred as surgeon to General Hospital, Scottsville, VA. Transferred in fall 1863 to Ft. Fisher, 40 miles below Wilmington, NC. Present during bombardment and capture of the fort in 02/65. He related that after the fall of the fort: "It was taken at night and the morning following a regiment of Yankees stacked arms and was getting breakfast near the magazine in which stood 13 tons of powder. I suppose some one of the number foraging went into the magazine with a match, igniting the 13 tons. I was in a casemate with my sick and wounded about 5 yards from the magazine. It was terrific. I (not thinking of the real cause) thought the end of time had come, but second thought was that we would soon see the right and wrong of this war. There were only about 50 confederates in the fort at the time, all officers. They were drawn up in a line and each questioned regarding the cause of the explosion. At the same time we were informed that if it was proven to be caused or done by us the last one would be shot. We were put on board a screw propeller, the USS California, and taken around to New York harbor....". Was released 03/65 and returned to Richmond where he remained sick with typhoid until after the fall of the city.   

George Washington Hamm

Co. C, 14th Virginia Infantry

 

Born and died Fluvanna County, VA. Farmer

 

William D. "Buck" Ferguson

Co. G, 6th Virginia Cavalry

 

Born 08/14/34. Lived in Halifax County. Farmer, builder, furniture maker. Died 04/27/03.

  Benjamin Medicus Powell

Co. A, 5th South Carolina Infantry

 

Born 2/1/41. Died 3/3/17

Credits

 

Mrs. Hansell Cousar Reardon

Mrs. Margaret Hanger Reardon

Mr. Gerald W. Harlow

Mr. Robert C. Moss, III

Mr. Fred Morris

Mr. Walt Brinkley

Mr. Sidney Strother Smith

Mr. Ashby Daniels

Mr. Gregory W. Carter

Mr. John Stemple

Dave and Joyce Moore

Ms. Corinne Middleton

Dr. Dorothy Potter

Ms. Suzanne French Keesler

Mr. Cleve Powell

Butch and Virginia Hiner

Ms. Elizabeth Haw Hobbs

Mr. Chris Gillum

Dr. Douglas Paul Pruiett, Sr.

Mr. Mark Wilson

Mr. Jody Hopkins

Mr. Eric Buckland

Mr. Sam Blair

Mrs. Sybil Royster Zava

Mr. Brendan Burke

Ms. Cathy Harlow

Mr. Thomas Furguson

Ms. Bobbi Rawlings

 

 

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