(1838 - 1885)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 23rd Virginia Infantry
In 1859 he was acting Resident Physician in the infirmary of the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He enlisted at Manakin, Goochland County, VA as a Private in the Goochland Grays - Company F, 23rd Virginia Infantry - on 20 May 1861, and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant and acting Adjutant of the Regiment on 15 September. He was detailed back to Manakin on recruiting duty in February and March 1862 and was elected Captain of Company F on 21 April. He was wounded at Cedar Run, VA on 9 August 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded by a gunshot to his ankle in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He resigned his commission on 5 November 1862 for disability from chronic cystitis (given in a Surgeon's Certificate of 3 October 1862).
After the War
By 1870 he was a physician at Dover in Goochland County, VA, and he was farming and practicing medicine at Tuckahoe in Henrico County in 1880. He died of tetanus at age 47.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records1 online via fold3. His wound at Sharpsburg from Captain Jennings of Company E.2 Personal details from the Maryland and Virginia Medical Journal (September 1859), the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Directory (1881-82), family genealogists, and the US Census of 1870 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Nancy Knight "Nannie" Ellett (1846-1877) in October 1867 and they had two children. He married again, Margaret Virginia Walters (1854-1918) in June 1880.
12/11/1838; Richmond, VA
12/30/1885; Henrico County, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
1 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 27946]
2 Hassler, A. E., Major, USA, Interview with R. P. Jennings, 23rd Virginia Infantry, "Antietam Studies" (Collection), Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917, Record Group 94, Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1897 [AotW citation 27947]