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W.E. Cutshaw
W.E. Cutshaw

Confederate (CSV)


Wilfred Emory Cutshaw

(1838 - 1907)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Battery Commander
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: Cutshaw's (VA) Battery


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was appointed Lieutenant of Virginia troops in May, and of the CSA on 31 October 1861. He served as an engineer, then was promoted to Captain and command his own artillery battery in March 1862. He was in action on the Peninsula and Valley Campaigns until wounded in the left knee and captured in action 25 May 1862 at Winchester. He was paroled on 8 August 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Although listed by Carman and others as in command of his battery in Maryland, there is some question about his whereabouts during that campaign. In September 1862 he had not been exchanged and was still largely disabled by his wound.

The remainder of the War:
While recovering, he taught at his alma mater VMI until he was arrested in April 1863 by Federal troops for violating his parole. He was imprisoned at Ft. McHenry, Maryland and formally exchanged in May.

In September 1863 he returned to active service as Inspector General, Second Artillery Corps, and in February 1864 he was promoted Major and given command of Hardaway's Battalion. He was wounded again and lost his right leg at Sayler's Creek on 6 April 1865.

After the War:
He was briefly a civil engineer and teacher, then instructor at VMI (1869-72), before beginning his lifelong service as City Engineer for Richmond, Virginia (1873-1907).

References, Sources, and other notes:
The photograph above from Wise1 - who has his middle name as Emmet, in error. Basic service data from Sifakis2, with supporting details from a 1907 memorium.

Birth Date: 01/25/1838    Place of Birth: Harpers Ferry, VA    
College: Virginia Military Institute    Graduating Year: 1858    
Death Date: 12/19/1907    Death Place: Richmond, VA    Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   Wise, Jennings Cropper, The Long Arm of Lee; or, The History of the Artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia ..., 2 Vols., Lynchburg: JP Bell Company, 1915, Vol. 2, pg. 800  [AotW citation 954]

2   Sifakis, Stewart, Who Was Who in the Civil War, New York: Facts on File, 1988  [AotW citation 956]

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