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The Brunswick Guards. [from the Richmond, Va., times-dispatch, Aug. 16, 1903.1

A roll of the officers and Privates—a list of the dead.

The following is a roll of officers and privates of Brunswick Guards, who saw service in the 5th Virginia Battalion, and later in Company H, 53d Virginia Regiment:

Captain, D. T. Poynor, dead.

First-Lieutenant, George B. Clark, dead.

Second-Lieutenant, B. A. Lewis, dead.

Third-Lieutenant, Charles H. Wilkes, dead.

First-Sergeant, George Claiborne, elected lieutenant in 1862; dead. [121]

Second-Sergeant, H. H. Heartwell.

Third-Sergeant, A. B. Morrison, dead.

Fourth-Sergeant, Charles P. Montague, ambulance sergeant.


First, J. J. Percival.

Second, William H. Michael, transferred to 59th Regiment; wounded at Sailors' Creek, and captured; died at Johnson's Island, Ohio, June, 1865.

Third, J. W. Buford, wounded at Gettysburg; dead.

Fourth, James T. Lashley.


John J. Bass, dead.

J. B. Battle, dead.

John F. Bennett, died in service.

Alex. Barrow, dead.

W. S. Bacon, wounded at Dinwiddie Courthouse.

M. A. Clark, dead.

Edward W. Crichton.

James Crichton, transferred to 12th Virginia Regir

John Clayton, dead.

Benjamin D. Clayton, sergeant.

George W. Clayton, dead.

George E. Clayton.

Thomas F. Duane.

J. H. Dameron, died in service.

George Dameron, died in service.

Littleton Edmunds, dead.

Thomas Flournoy, dead.

Benjamin B. Graves, first-sergeant; killed at Getty

Charles Gibbon, dead.

John A. Heartwell.

W. E. Hammonds, wounded at Gettysburg.

Turner Hammonds, substitute.

A. W. Hammonds.

James H. Hall, wounded at Suffolk.

R. W. Hall.

William D. Hicks, dead.

George Hicks, died in service. [122]

Thomas J. Hines, died from wounds.

R. C. Haskins.

R. E. Haskins.

E. M. Harris.

Robert Hitchcocks.

W. H. House, dead.

William Hagood, died in service.

John Hagood, killed at Gettysburg.

George Harrison, captain; dead.

D. J. Johnson.

Adolphous Johnson, color corporal; killed at Gettysburg.

Richard Johnson.

John R. Jolly.

George H. Jolly, dead.

John S. Kelly.

James W. Kelly, died in service.

R. P. Kirkland, dead.

J. M. Kirkland, wounded at Gettysburg.

W. J. Kirkland.

S. E. Lanier.

John Laird, died in service.

B. W. Lashley.

Peter Laird, died in service.

F. E. Lewis, dead.

Richard Lewis, substitute; died in prison; was captured at Gettysburg; when ordered to surrender, turned to Captain Latane, and said: ‘Captain, what must I do?’

W. M. Manning.

George E. Michael, wounded at Suffolk and Gettysburg.

George W. Mitchell.

T. B. Maclin, wounded at Gettysburg; killed on retreat from Petersburg, 1865.

J. H. Maclin.

S. J. Morrison, dead.

Richard E. McCoy, drummer.

George Nicholson, dead.

O. H. Nicholson, dead.

Algernon Nicholson, dead.

James M. Northington, dead.

John H. Newton, sergeant, dead.

M. A. Orgain. [123]

William Orgain.

William H. Poynor, killed at Gettysburg.

R. H. Prichett, dead.

William Peebles, dead.

James A. Riddick, lieutenant.

Benjamin L. Riddick, dead.

J. J. Riyes, dead.

J. Royal Robinson, dead.

John J. Rawlings, died in prison, Elmira, N. Y.

Dr. J. A. Robinson.

John H. W. Robinson, dead.

W. J. Steed, died from wounds.

William E. Stith.

B. A. Stith, wounded at Gettysburg.

L. A. Scoggins.

G. A. Short.

B. B. Saunders, dead.

E. W. Travis, dead.

James A. Traylor, dead.

W. F. Thomas, quartermaster, dead.

E. R. Turnbull, quartermaster, dead.

W. H. Venable, dead.

W. A. Vaughan.

H. M. Vaiden, lieutenant, dead.

B. J. Walker, wounded at Gettysburg.

John Wray.

John L. Williams.

L. Fenton Williams, wounded at Seven Pines; killed at Gettysburg.

——Woodruff, lost sight of.

William Young, died in service.

H. E. Young, corporal, wounded.


I will mention several of the members of the original company, viz:

Jamas A. Riddick was the only member of the original company who ever held a commission after it was disbanded and placed in Company H, 53rd Virginia Regiment. He was elected lieutenant and made a capable and efficient officer. [124]

Adolphous Johnson, one of the color guards at Gettysburg was killed upholding his flag. He was the last one of the guards to carry the colors and bore them to the Stone-wall.

Fenton (L. Fenton) Williams was only in two battles of the war— Seven Pines and Gettysburg. He was severely wounded at Seven Pines, and was sent to a hospital, where he contracted smallpox. He was killed in the first day's service, after leaving the hospital, in battle at Gettysburg.

The following is an extract from a letter received by the writer from Captain John L. Latane, who commanded our company:

‘My opinion of the men as soldiers of the old Brunswick Guards cannot be too strong in words of praise, for, as I said on a former occasion, they were never called on to perform any duty, day or night, that was not done most cheerfully, without a murmur or complaint, entirely subject to discipline, and to a man, as far as I can remember, they did what was ordered by those in authority. When I forget them and their deeds of heroism, may a just and righteous God forget me!’

This roll was made out from memory.

P. S.—Private James H. Hall was severely wounded in the face; the bullet entered the corner of his mouth, passed through and tore the end of the tongue, and was taken out from under the ear. He has the bullet to this day.

Some question was raised by the surgeon as to the advisability of removing the lacerated part of the tongue, but they, thinking he would die, failed to work fast enough for him, so he got hold of a pair of scissors and did the surgery himself.

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