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Captain Andrew Berkley Baker

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JAMES EDWARD BURGE

 

James was born in 1829 the son of Thomas Peterson and Rebecca Staples Burge of Buckingham County Virginia. James siblings were Thomas Hall Burge, William Staples Burge, Martha Rebecca Burge, Susan Elizabeth Burge, Fletcher Benson Burge, and Hester Ann Burge. 

 

James better know as “Ned” met and married Frances Stevens Phelps sometime before 1849. Ned and Frances children were W. Fletcher Burge, James Washington Burge, Mary Sue Burge, Frank E. Burge, Nannie Rebecca Burge, and Edmonia Burge.

 

Ned joined the Confederate States Army on 2-10-1863 into Co, E., 18th Virginia  Infantry and was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1,2 or 3, 1863. Ned is buried on the Battlefield at Gettysburg.  Ned’s sword and musket were both returned to his family after his death and remains with the family today.

 

Ned’s youngest child, Edmonia, was only l˝ years old when her father died and she was sent to Louisville Kentucky to live with family there and did not return for many years. When she did return for a visit she met a young widower named Charles Henry Coleman. She never returned to Kentucky and married Charles Coleman, who was also a veteran of the War Between the States and was at Gettysburg in July 1863.
 
Ancestor of Thomas E. Austin, Appomattox Rangers Court House Camp # 1733.
 
Submitted by Tom and Carolyn Austin.
 

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ROBERT RICHARDSON CARDWELL

 

Robert Richardson Cardwell of Campbell County Virginia was born July 8, 1844 to Thomas Dixon and Edna Neighbors Cardwell.

 

 Robert enlisted in the Confederate Army at Campbell Court House on August 10, 1862. He served the Confederacy in Company I, Second Regiment Virginia Cavalry, the first mounted regiment organized in Virginia at Lynchburg, Virginia on May 8, 1861, Col. Jubal A. Early, Commanding Officer.  Mr. Cardwell was wounded in action at Berryville on August 21, 1864 and was in the hospital for 10 days.  This regiment, later under the command of General Thomas T. Munford, did not surrender but cut its way through the lines and came back to Lynchburg and disbanded at the spot where it was formed in 1861. Mr. Cardwell served until April 17, 1865.

 

On April 17, 1871 Robert married Sallie K. Wright. They had eight children: Dudley Hopkins, Nellie Bridget, Thomas Dixon, Annie Grace, John Robert, Martha Hildegarde, Marian Gladys and Bennett Beckham.  One of his daughters, Marian Gladys Cardwell Tweedy, was an active member of the Appomattox Chapter, UDC until her death in May 12, 1995, at the age of 105.

 

This Confederate Veteran, Robert Richardson Cardwell, died in Campbell County, Virginia on December 20, 1922.  He and his wife are buried at Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery in Rustburg, Virginia.

 

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Charles Edward Carwile

CHARLES EDWARD CARWILE

 

Charles was born in Campbell County, VA on August 3, 1834, the son of John and Martha Carwile. Charles married Catherine Ritchie Maddox in Campbell County, VA on December 15, 1858. Catherine was born in Campbell County VA on March 13, 1839, the daughter of Sherwood (Sherrod) and Catherine Ritchie Simpson Maddox.

 

Charles joined the Confederate States Army as a private and was in Co. B, 13th Virginia Infantry. He was captured at Strausburg June 2, 1862 and was an exchange prisoner at Aiken’s Landing June 26, 1862. He was admitted to Chimborozo Hospital, Richmond, Virginia August 7, 1862 for an intestinal problem and was granted a 20-day furlough from the hospital to Brookneal, Virginia. At a later date he was assigned to Co. C, 60th Regiment, Georgia Infantry and was with General Robert E. Lee’s forces when he surrendered at Appomattox. His original handwritten discharge date was April 11, 1865.

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Charles died April 6, 1892 and Catherine died June 27, 1916, both in Campbell County, VA. They are buried in the family cemetery that is located on the farm which is located about 10 miles from Brookneal, VA on Route 601.

 

An amusing story regarding a rock covered grave of a Mr. Walker in the cemetery. He owed many debts when he died, so the person who put the first spade of dirt on his grave would have to assume the responsibility of paying his debts; therefore, his grave was covered with rocks!

 

Submitted by Shelby N. Huff, Great Granddaughter and Member of the Appomattox Chapter 11, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

 

 

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Private Nathaniel C. Cash

Private Nathaniel C. Cash


Born in Nelson County Virginia in March 1845 Nathaniel C. Cash was the son of  William Willis Cash and Elizabeth "Betsy" Campbell. This Cash family had a very significant record of service to the Confederacy as you will see from the documented records cited in this biography. When the War for Southern Independence started the Cash family was living in the Temperance District of Amherst County. 

At the age of 17 Nathaniel C. Cash enlisted June 1, 1863 in Lamkin's Battery of Artillery at Massies Mill Nelson County. Nathaniel had two brothers that enlisted in the Confederate service as well these brave men were George S. Cash who enlisted in Huntsville West Virginia May 18, 1861 as a private in 2nd Company I 25th Virginia Infantry and Zebulon Cash who enlisted at the Amherst County courthouse on March 15, 1862 as a private in Company I of the 19th Virginia Infantry.   

Their father, William Willis Cash, enlisted on April 23, 1861 at Amherst County Courthouse for 1 year in the 49th Virginia Infantry Company B-I. He was detailed in January of 1862 to chase deserters. He was furloughed on February 17, 1862 through February 28, 1862. He was present through to April of 1862. POW May 31, 1862 @ Seven Pines Virginia. Exchanged August 5, 1862 @ Aikens Landing Virginia. Discharged September 2, 1864 for being over the age.  

William Willis Cash had two brothers who also fought for the Confederacy.

Nathaniel C. Cash was admitted to the General Hospital Number 9 on May 30, 1864 transferred to Chimborazo hospital on June 1, 1864. Admitted General Hospital number 24 for chronic diarrhea. Admitted to Moore Hospital October 7, 1864. Furloughed October 18, 1864 for 30 days, destination Lowesville, Virginia to travel to Danville and Southside Railroad to New Glasgow. Post war farmer age 66, 1907. 

According to Amherst County Courthouse records, Nathaniel C. Cash married Missouri C. Campbell on the 10th of December 1867 in the Campbell family home.

 

Nathaniel's wife passed away and he married Olivia Rose Evans on May 25, 1890 in Amherst County Virginia.

 

My Grandfather, Clarence Hamelton Cash, was born June 14, 1900 in Amherst County, Virginia to Olivia Rose Evans and Clarence Hamelton Cash. His son, William Goldman Cash, my father, was born on May 27, 1927 in Amherst County Virginia.

 

I have six ancestors from the Cash family that fought in the war. This was the story of four of these men.

 

Submitted by Great Great Granddaughter, Brenda Cash Beeton

 

 

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Chapman Hunter Chilton

CHAPMAN HUNTER CHILTON

 

Chapman Hunter Chilton was born March 25, 1832 in formerly Campbell County, which since 1845 us the Spout Springs area of Appomattox County. He was the son of John Poindexter Chilton 1809-1868 and Adeline Virginia Hunter 1812-1834 the daughter of Benjamin and Betsy Fields Hunter.  Chapman married Mary Elizabeth Elliott who was born July 31, 1849 and died February 2, 1920. They lived in Appomattox County and raised eight children, some of whom were Raleigh H., John B., William C., Maggie, Lena, Bessie and Marissa.

 

Chapman H. Chilton served in the Confederate States Army in Co. D, 5th Virginia Cavalry and  as Captain of the Appomattox County Home Guards.

 

He was appointed Principal of Union Academy at Spout Springs in 1860. He was an ardent advocate for free schools in Virginia and when his dream came true in 1870, he was appointed the first Superintendent of Schools in Appomattox County, holding that position until 1881, when the Readjuster party gained control of the State Government, and Rev. J.B. Bristow was appointed in his place.  In 1885 the Democratic Party regained control of the state and immediately reappointed Mr. Chilton to his old office, Superintendent of Schools.   He held that position until 1897.  A man of very strong convictions, he made some enemies, but he had the old Virginia Courtesy that made him many friends. Mr. Chilton

died in 1914.

 

 

Submitted by Betty Thomas Drinkard

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Charles Henry Coleman

CHARLES HENRY COLEMAN

 

 

Charles was born about 1844, the second of eight children to William Henry Coleman (born 1818) of Bent Creek and Eliza Moseley of Buckingham. They were married in 1842. William’s parents were Henry and Mary Sears Coleman.

 

Charles joined the Army of the Confederate States in the Spring of 1863 in Co. H, 2nd Virginia Cavalry under Captain Joseph W. Carson. Charles was at Gettysburg as well as the Surrender on 4-9-1865 at Appomattox Courthouse. He was 4th Corporal.

 

When Charles returned from the war he gained employment at the Branch Family Farm after the deaths of Lilborn and Indiana Branch.   It was during this employment that he met Susan (Susie) Patteson Branch, daughter of Lilborn and Indiana, and they were married 8-9-1876. Charles and Susie had eight children Indiana 1880, Pearl 1882, Branch M. 1892, Royal J. 1894, Irene 1893, Florence 1895, Grace 1896, and Taylor H. 1898.  Susie died in June 1903

 

Charles was married a second time in 1906 to Edmonia C. Burge (born 10-18-1861), the daughter of James Edward (Ned) Burge (1829-1863) and Frances S. Phelps Burge(1828-1880) of Wreck Island Creek, Appomattox County, Virginia.  Ned Burge was also in the Confederate States Army and died at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 and is buried there on the battlefield. Edmonia’s siblings were W.F. 1849, James W. 1854, Mary Sue 1851, Frank E. 1856, Nannie Rebecca 1858. It is believed that Charles and “Miss Eddie” (Charles always called Edmonia “Miss Eddie”) never had any children.

 

Charles continued to farm in Appomattox all his life and was know as “America’s oldest continuous tobacco farmer to attend all reunions and yield only to Charles W. Caldwell as the last leaf upon the tree of Appomattox veterans”.

 

When Charles died on July 27, 1945 at the age of 101 and 7 months, he ask his beloved Miss Eddie to bury him in his Confederate Uniform that he so dearly loved and treasured.  Charles, Susie (1st wife), and Edmonia/“Miss Eddie” (2nd wife) are all buried in the Coleman Family Cemetery on Route 608 in Appomattox County on the family farm.

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Submitted by Carolyn E. Austin with information from newspaper article of Times Virginia on 10-23-1958 by Earle Robinson “Appomattox First Lady now 97 years old”, Appomattox County Virginia Heritage book article by Kim Holland (Great Granddaughter of Charles Henry Coleman), History of Appomattox by Featherstone.

(Also, a distant relative of Thomas E. Austin - husband of Carolyn.)

 

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Drury William Coleman

DRURY WILLIAM COLEMAN

 

Drury William Coleman was born in 1823 in Buckingham County, a part of which is now Appomattox County, Virginia. He was the son of  Henry and Mary Sears Coleman.

 

In May 1846 Drury enlisted in the Buckingham County Virginia Militia as First Lieutenant.

 

On May 24, 1861 at the age of 36 Drury enlisted as a private in Capt. Joel W. Floods Company, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, Co. H, Appomattox Rangers, Radfords Regiment Volunteers. He was a farmer and carried his horse with him as he was mustered into service on June 3, 1861 in Lynchburg, Virginia by Lt. Col. D.A. Langhorne. Drury was released for a short period because of his age, but then returned to service for the duration of the war. The last record of his service is dated February 22, 1865.  It is believed that he was paroled in Lynchburg Virginia, however there seems to be no record available.

 

Drury was first married to Mary Durham Smith and they had three sons, William, Schyler and James. Drury married second to Sarah E. Cumby and they had a son Thomas Drury and a daughter Mary Laura.

 

Drury died in 1916 and is buried in the Coleman Family Cemetery,  located on the Coleman Family home place, which remains in the family today.

 

                                              

Submitted by Hazel Lee Coleman Martin, Great Granddaughter.

 

 

 

 

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SAMUEL D. CONNER

 

 

Samuel Conner was born in Appomattox County Virginia in 1834, the son of Abendigo and Lennis Ann Ferguson Conner.  His grandparents were Arthur (A Revolutionary Soldier) and Eleanor D.(Duiguid ??) Conner.  Samuel was raised in Appomattox County with his 13 brothers and sisters.  In the 1860s Samuel met and married Sarah Elizabeth (Betty) Farrar, daughter of Robert N. and Mary Harris Farrar.  Samuel and Betty had 6 children Alberta, James, Thomas, Bessie, Mary Lenne and Lula.

 

On October 10, 1864 Samuel enlisted in the Confederate States Army in Co. K 46th Virginia Regiment of Captain Huffman of the Wises Brigade.

 

On March 29, 1865, with less than 10 days before the surrender at Appomattox, Samuel was wounded at Hatchers Run.  He was shot three times in the thigh and hip causing great suffering and a long convalescing. His brother, Jennings Conner was in the same regiment and was only a few feet away when Samuel was shot and went immediately to assist him. Four of Samuels brothers were in the war Edmund and Thomas were killed, Jennings and Allen were not wounded. Two of Samuels brothers-in-law were also in the war Daniel P. Ferguson husband of Nancy Gilliam Conner and Elisha H. Lucado husband of Lucille Catherine Conner they were not injured.

 

Samuel never fully recovered from his wounds, for a number of years he was able to go about, but in the last years of his life he was totally disabled and confined to his bed. He died on July 4, 1888, leaving his wife with small children to raise. Samuel and his beloved wife Betty are buried on old Conner property, just above the Appomattox River on a lovely mountainside.

 

                             

 

Submitted by Carolyn Evans Austin, Great, Great Granddaughter

 

Ancestor of Carolyn Austin, Frances Evans, Joan Butler, Valorie Tillett, Frances Miles.

 

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Isaac Gilliam Crews

ISAAC GILLIAM CREWS

 

Isaac Gilliam Crews, son of Joseph and Mary Crews, was born in 1836. He never

married.

 

Isaac enlisted in Co. F., 11th Virginia Infantry on March 10th, 1862. On May 5, 1862 he was severely wounded during the Battle of Williamsburg, being shot in his right eye, the bullet passing completely through his head. He survived and after receiving treatment for his wounds for two years by the Confederate Army, he was discharged on May 31, 1864.

 

He never fully recovered from his wound and in August 1889 he entered the Soldiers Home in Richmond, Virginia. He died there on May 24, 1903.  He is buried in the Confederate section of Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

 

Ancestor of Charlie Crews, Appomattox Rangers/Courthouse Camp # 1733.

 

Submitted by Charlie Crews.

 

 

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JOSEPH B. CREWS

 

Joseph B. Crews, son of Joseph and Mary Crews was born in 1829. He married Hester A. Martin in 1852.  They had four children before he enlisted in the war and they were Nannie, Thomas, Alberta and Joseph.

 

Joseph B enlisted in Captain Kyles Company of Virginia Heavy Artillery at Appomattox on March 6th, 1862.  Captain Kyles Company disbanded in June of 1862 and Private Crews was assigned to Co. B, 20th Battalion of Virginia Heavy Artillery.  He served with Co. B until he was later transferred to 2nd Company I, 38th Regiment Virginia Infantry.  He served with Co. I until his death, from disease, at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia on August 19th, 1864.

 

His wife had some family members go to Richmond in a horse and wagon and bring him home to the old Crews Place to be buried.

 

Ancestor of Tom Austin and Charlie Crews of Appomattox Rangers/Courthouse Camp #1733.

 

Submitted by Tom Austin.

 

 

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WRENNY W. CREWS

 

Wrenny W. Crews, son of Joseph and Mary Crews, was born in 1840.

 

He enlisted in Captain Kyles Company of Virginia Heavy Artillery at Appomattox on March 6, 1862, along with his brother Joseph.  Captain Kyles Company was disbanded in June 1862 and he was assigned to Co., 20th Battalion of Virginia Heavy Artillery. He served with Co. B until he was later transferred to 2nd Co. I, 

38th Regiment, Virginia Infantry.  He served with Co. I until he surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865.

 

Wrenny married his brother Joseph’s widow after the war in 1866 and they had 5 children: Willie, Robert, Jenny, Mary and John.

 

Wrenny died on March 15th, 1912 and is buried in the old Crews Cemetery.

 

Ancestor of Charlie Crews, Appomattox Rangers/Courthouse Camp #1733.

 

Submitted by Charlie Crews.

 

 

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