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on which submerges the greatest names and events. The design of this brief paper is to put upon record some particulars of the career of a brave soldier-so that, in that aftertime which sums up the work and glory of the men of this epoch, his name shall not be lost to memory. Farley was born at Laurens village, South Carolina, on the 19th of December, 1835. He was descended, in a direct line, from the Douglas of Scotland, and his father, who was born on the Roanoke river, in Charlotte county, Virginia, was one of the most accomplished gentlemen of his time. He emigrated to South Carolina at the age of twenty-one, married, and commenced there the practice of law. To the son, the issue of this marriage, he gave the name of William Downs Farley, after his father-in-law, Colonel William F. Downs, a distinguished lawyer, member of the Legislature, and an officer of the war of 1812. The father of this Colonel Downs was Major Jonathan Downs, a patriot of ‘76; his mother, a daughter o
Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), Extemporizing production. (search)
course of a retreat. One good side of sole-leather will be worth more to the rebels than a small cargo of pea-nut oil, We are the more particular on the subject of leather, because we happen to know that there is a considerable demand even in the Rebel States for Northern shoes, about this time. Mind! we do not say that there is any supply — we only say that there is a demand. But let us go back to De Bow! In his whole elaborate list we find only one manufactory of powder, (in Charlotte County, Va.,) which is turning out 1,000 lbs. per diem. Besides, here the fallacy of the De Bow computations is lamentably exposed in general. One hundred thousand pounds of powder, myriads of bowie-knives, mile-long and mile-wide parks of artillery, innumerable camp-stools, and millions of bushels of tent-pins, add nothing, either in times of war or of peace, to the actual wealth of the country. Nothing so adds which is manufactured simply that it may be almost simultaneously destroyed. Onc
t of Richmond and Petersburg, two pontoon bridges were maintained across the Appomattox River, and one across the James at Chaffin's Bluff; and additional pontoon trains were provided in case they should be needed. Anticipating the necessity for the abandonment of Richmond and Petersburg, General Lee, during the winter of 1864-65, required the engineer troops to rebuild Bevill's Bridge over the Appomattox River west of Petersburg, and to send a pontoon bridge to the Staunton River in Charlotte County. The engineer troops also prepared a map showing the routes to the different crossings of the Appomattox River, to be used whenever the army should be withdrawn from Richmond and Petersburg. This map has since been lithographed by the United States Government. In March, 1865, when the right of General Lee's position was seriously threatened, engineer troops strengthened the defenses at Hatcher's Run; but the main body of them served in the trenches in place of the infantry withdr
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Caldwell, James 1734- (search)
Caldwell, James 1734- Clergyman; born in Charlotte county, Va., in April, 1734. Graduating at Princeton in 1759, he became pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Elizabethtown in 1762. Zealously espousing the revolutionary cause, he was much disliked by the Tories. Appointed chaplain of a New Jersey brigade, he was for a time in the Mohawk Valley. In 1780 his church and residence were burned by a party of British and Tories; and the same year a British incursion from Staten Island pillaged the village of Connecticut Farms, where his family were temporarily residing. A soldier shot his wife through a window while she was sitting on a bed with her babe. At that time Mr. Caldwell was in Washington's camp at Morristown. In the successful defence of Springfield, N. J., June 23, 1780, when the wadding for the soldiers' guns gave out, he brought the hymn-books from the neighboring church and shouted, Now put Watts into them, boys. In an altercation at Elizabethtown Point with an A
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Carrington, Edward 1749-1810 (search)
Carrington, Edward 1749-1810 Military officer; born in Charlotte county, Va., Feb. 11, 1749; became lieutenant-colonel of a Virginia artillery regiment in 1776; was sent to the South; and was made a prisoner at Charleston in 1780. He was Gates's quartermaster-general in his brief Southern campaign. Carrington prepared the way for Greene to cross the Dan, and was an active and efficient officer in that officer's famous retreat. He commanded the artillery at Hobkirk's Hill, and also at Yoer's famous retreat. He commanded the artillery at Hobkirk's Hill, and also at Yorktown. Colonel Carrington was foreman of the jury in the trial of Aaron Burr (q. v). He died in Richmond, Va., Oct. 28, 1810. His brother Paul, born Feb. 24, 1733, became an eminent lawyer; was a member of the House of Burgesses, and voted against Henry's Stamp Act resolutions; but was patriotic, and helped along the cause of independence in an efficient manner. He died in Charlotte county, Va., June 22, 1818.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Penick, Charles Clifton 1843- (search)
Penick, Charles Clifton 1843- Clergyman; born in Charlotte county, Va., Dec. 9, 1843; graduated at Alexandria Seminary in 1869. During the Civil War he served the Confederacy in the 38th Virginia Regiment; was ordained in the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1870, and was consecrated bishop of Cape Palmas, West Africa, in 1877. His publications include Hopes, perils, and struggles of the negroes in America; What can the Church do for the negro in the United States, etc.
ild, having procured a small shot-gun, fought with the best of them, coming out safe and sound. I learned this little history from a soldier who knew the boy. Flannagan now lives in Texas. It is well known that the boys of the Virginia University did excellent service under Stonewall Jackson. Here is a story of some other school-boys, related to me by their teacher, himself a brave soldier who lost an arm in one of the battles around Richmond. When Wilson's raiders reached Charlotte County, Virginia, preparations were made by the Home Guards, aided by a few veterans who happened to be home on furlough, to check their further progress. Breastworks were thrown up on the south side of Stanton River, the railroad bridge was blockaded, and a gun placed in position to defend the passage. Colonel Coleman, who was at home on furlough, gave it as his opinion that these precautions must be supplemented and supported by rifle-pits on the north side, or no successful defence could be ma
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Wounded at Williamsburg, Va. (search)
C. M. Maupin's June 30, 1862; buried at the cemetery. R. A. Nelson, Company —, 4th Regiment, Virginia Infantry; died at the residence of Mrs. Richard Lively; buried at the cemetery. I. N. Swann, Company A, 17th Virginia Infantry; died at the residence of A. G. Southall June—, 1862; buried at the cemetery. Isaac Crew, discharged from hospital. J. M. Weeks, Company D, 11th Regiment, Virginia Infantry; discharged. William H. Jeffries, Company K, 18th Virginia Infantry; from Charlotte county. G. P. Bailey, Company K, 13th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry; discharged from the residence of Mrs. Claiborne. W. A. Walker, Company K, 13th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry; discharged. A. Johnson, Company 1, 6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry; discharged. W. H. Trainy,—— ——, 6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry; discharged. P. R. Wright, Company K, 13th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry; died May 20, 1862. D. E. Coldfelter, Company E, 5th Regiment, Nort
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.37 (search)
Company I, 56th Virginia. [from the Richmond Dispatch, Feb. 7, 1897. roster of the Command—Some of its movements. Baltimore, Md., February 4, 1897. To the Editor of the Dispatch : You will please publish in your Confederate column the enclosed roster of Company I, Fifty-six Virginia Infantry, organized in Charlotte county, Virginia, in June, 1861, and mustered into service at Richmond, Virginia, July 18, 1861. It was known as the Charlotte Grays. The Regiment went West, and shed its first blood at Fort Donelson, Tennessee. Returning to Virginia in May, 1862, it was put in Pickett's Brigade, with the Eighth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twenty-eighth Virginia regiments, and with these regiments helped to win for General Pickett his major-general stars at Gaines's Mill. It served until the end of the war in this brigade, taking a conspicuous part in the noted Pickett's charge at the battle of Gettysburg. The company's roll has been carefully compiled by Lieutenant Fl
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.17 (search)
promoted to be first and second lieutenants by vacancy, and John Y. Anderson was made third lieutenant. At the reorganization in 1862, after first year's service, John A. Gibson was made captain; James A. Strain, first lieutenant; James Archibald Lyle, second lieutenant, and James Lindsay, third lieutenant. The company was then doing service in Major William L. Jackson's battalion, composed of the following companies: Churchville Cavalry, from Augusta county; Charlotte Cavalry, from Charlotte county, and Rockbridge Second Dragoons, from Rockbridge county. The 14th Virginia Cavalry was organized in 1862, and these three companies were assigned to it, the Dragoons becoming Company H. Captain John A. Gibson was made Lieutenant-Colonel, and promotions were made in the Dragoons as follows: James A. Strain, Captain; James Lindsay, First Lieutenant; William M. Sterrett, Second Lieutenant; Z. J. Culton, Third Lieutenant, who died in Salem while the regiment was in winter quarters near t
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