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Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Joseph Powhatan Minetree

(1839 - 1907)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1859;Class Rank: 16/19

Command Billet: Regimental Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 41st Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was appointed 1st Lieutenant, CSA, on 4 October 1861, and was elected Major 3 May 1862. He was wounded at Malvern Hill, and appointed Lieutenant Colonel 15 August 1862.1

On the Campaign

It is not certain if he was present on the Maryland Campaign, being absent at least sporadically until April 1863, while recovering. 1 He was probably in command of the Regiment while Colonel Parham commanded the Brigade.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again May 6, 1864 at the Wilderness; absent recovering until September.1,2 He was in command and still Lt. Colonel at Appomattox in 1865.2

After the War

He was later a builder and purchasing agent for the Southern Railway Company. He was President of VMI Board of Visitors from 1882-1884.1

More on the Web

There is a photograph of him online as a cadet at VMI (not a great image)


03/20/1839; Petersburg, VA


01/25/1907; Washington, DC; burial in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC


1   Virginia Military Institute, and Diane B. Jacob, Head, Archives & Records Management, Virginia Military Institute Archives, Published c.2000, first accessed 01 January 2003, <>, Source page: /archives/archiverosters/search.asp  [AotW citation 467]

2   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, various  [AotW citation 468]