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R.E. Frayser

R.E. Frayser

Confederate (CSV)


Richard Edgar Frayser

(1830 - 1899)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Signal Officer

Branch of Service: Signals

Unit: Stuart's Cavalry Division

Before Sharpsburg

Frayser, an orphan early, worked in a store and for the Post Office as a young man, before establishing his own 'mercantile' business in New Kent in 1854. At the start of the War he enlisted as a Private in the unit which became Company F, 3rd Virginia Cavalry. He came to General Stuart's attention on the Peninsula in June 1862, but was captured in July. He was exchanged in August, and, on the 31st, was appointed Stuart's Signal Officer and commissioned Captain.

On the Campaign

He was cited in General Stuart's Report for his service during the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

Frayser continued on Stuart's staff and detached duty until May 1864 when he was again captured - this time in action in Spottsylvania - the day after his General was mortally wounded. The Captain was imprisoned at Fort Delaware until late August 1864, then among the "Immortal 600" on Morris Island in Charleston Harbor and later Fort Pulaski, Georgia. He was exchanged among the sickest prisoners in February 1865.

After the War

He settled in Richmond and was in the newspaper business. By the 1890's he had obtained a law degree and had also dabbled in Virginia politics.

References & notes

Biographical details from They Followed the Plume1, which is also source of the copy of his photo used here. The original is in the Valentine Museum, Richmond.


10/1830; Kent County, VA


12/22/1899 Richmond, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   Trout, Robert J., They Followed the Plume, Mechanicsburg (Pa): Stackpole Books, 1993, pp. 124-128  [AotW citation 957]