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Goochland Light Dragoons.

Organization and first outpost Experience—The Roll.

To the Editor of the Dispatch:
I send you herewith a role of the Goochland Light Dragoons, late Company F, 4th Virginia Cavalry, Wickham's Brigade, later Stuart's, Fitz. Lee's Division, Army of Northern Virginia. The troop left Goochland, Va., on May 9, 1861, and proceeded to Richmond, Va., and was quartered for the night in a new building on Franklin street, below the Exchange Hotel. I think the building was known later as Westcott's Hotel. The next day (the 10th) the troop marched to Ashland, and was quartered in the Methodist church. It was mustered into the service of Virginia by Colonel Richard Ewell. It remained at Ashland about ten days, and was then ordered to Manassas, and on its arrival there marched to Fairfax Station, on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, and went into camp to await the coming of the Yankees, and to do picket duty on the outpost. The next morning early a courier came dashing into camp with orders for us to march post-haste to Fairfax Courthouse, as the Yankees were advancing. A squadron of them had dashed into the village, and killed Captain Marr, of the Warrenton Rifles, and wounded Colonel Ewell. The troop was soon in the saddle, and marched rapidly to the courthouse, and found everything in great excitement. We remained mounted the balance of the day, but no Yankees appearing for us to fight we returned to our camp. The above was our first experience on outpost duty in Fairfax county. It would be too long a story to relate every detail of our experience from the Battle of Manassas to the finale at Appomattox.

Very truly yours, etc.,

C. H. Powell, Trumpeter Co. F, 4th Virginia Cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia.

The Roll.

Julian Harrison, captain, dead; G. F. Harrison, first lieutenant; John D. Hobson, second lieutenant; A. Maben Hobson, orderly sergeant, dead; William R. Fleming, second sergeant; John A. Pickett, third sergeant, died 1862; Charles B. Trevillian, fourth sergeant; [360] James M. Trice, first corporal; John G. Ragland, second corporal; Jesse H. Death, third corporal, died 1866; Z. H. Bowles, fourth corporal; and the following enlisted men: M. L. Anderson, died since the war, Robert Hartwell Anderson, wounded near The Plains, Fauquier county, Thomas C. Anderson, Garland M. Anderson, killed at the Wilderness, Thomas R. Argyle, Jr., died 1861, George T. Britt, W. B. W. Brooking, Walter P. Branch, died 1869, Richard Bolling, John J. Cheatwood, Thomas C. Cosby, F. N. Fleming, died 1887, C. D. Fleming, W. L. Fleming, Thomas Mann Fleming, died 1872, Reubin Ford, Thomas C. Gait, died 1896, Robert Galt, died 1875, David L. Hall, William R. Hall, wounded at Williamsburg, Va., Thomas M. Harris, died of wounds received at Buckland, Silas M. Hart, died about 1885, John C. James, wounded at Wilderness, John D. James, discharged 1861, George R. Johnson, George Lawrence, died 1889, A. K. Leake, Thomas D. Massie, died 1861, James P. Morris, died 1895, Edmond S. Pendleton, Charles K. Pendleton, Richard Pemberton, died 1863, Thomas Pemberton, died 1870, Thomas J. Perkins, died 1872, C. H. Powell, trumpeter, Jim Pleasants, died 1875 from wound received at Front Royal, Thomas J. Rutherford, died 1883, S. D. Ragland, William R. Rock, John S. Swift, died 1874, Oscar Shultice, died 1892, R. A. Trice, John M. Toler, died 1875, A. V. Taylor, Peter D. Woodson and James E. Walder.

This makes a total of fifty-seven, rank and file. The following recruits enlisted from time to time: David B. Allan, dead, Powhatan Ayers, dead, E. H. Argyle, Joseph Argyle, dead, Mat. G. Anderson, dead, Robert Anderson, Pat. Brannan, drowned 1863 pursuing Yankees, William Baugh, dead, Branch Bell, R. L. Brooking, dead, A. C. Brooking, John Black, dead, Thomas Burk, dead, B. F. Bowles, Thomas A. Curd, dead, Isaac Curd, Julien Childress, George T. Cowherd, Robert Dabney, A. V. Duval, dead, Robert Dickenson, dead, R. Q. Dickenson, John H. Duke, James Duke, Dandridge Bollings, dead, John Eades, George W. Fleming, James Foster, dead, Samuel R. Guy, dead, Thomas M. Gathright, John S. Gathright, S. H. Gathright, William Galt, dead, Joseph Goodman, died 1864, Julien Henderson, wounded at Trevillian's Depot, Thomas Herndon, died 1862, George T. Herndon, wounded at Pole Green Church, Thomas J. Holman, killed at Spotsylvania, Edward Haden, killed at Spotsylvania, Douglass Haden, killed at Five Forks, John N. Haden, Hancock Hamilton, wounded at Five Forks, E. T. Hughes, Joseph E. Hauchins, dead, Thomas Houchins, W. H. [361] Jennings, Robert James, died in camp near Fairfax Courthouse, Fred. R. James, Thomas J. James, dead, Obediah Johnson, dead, Carter Johnson, Reverdy Johnson, George Logan, wounded at Cannon's Wharf and captured, Charles Lacy, W. F. Lewis, R. J. Saving, Hiter Loving, died 1862, John Laddin, killed near Lee Town, Mike McPhalin, John C. Miller, discharged 1862, Chastine Miller, killed at Williamsburg, Va., Joseph H. Malory, wounded at Five Forks and captured, William Morris, Samuel Mosby, Richard Messenger, Polk Nuckols, P. O. Nuckols, W. H. Parrish, B. F. Parrish, Napoleon B. Perkins, Morton Payne, William Pleasants, Alonzo Pleasants, John Pleasants, dead, John Palmore, John Quigley, dead, N. M. Ragland, dead, John C. Ragland, John W. Randolph,—— Ring, Marcellas Shelton, killed at Lee Town, Va., E. Newell Sims, dead; Thomas J. Sims, wounded at Wilderness,——Savage, Tomolin Price, R. A. Trice (Louisa Dick), William J. Trice, dead, Robert H. Trice,——Terrill, Ben Trice, dead, N. S. Thurman, last heard of in Kentucky, William Fourman, John Talley, Philip Taylor, Charles Webster, residence unknown, William James Wright, Richard A. Wise, Isaac Williams and Robert F. Vaughan.

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