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Confederate (CSV)


Richard Polk Jennings

(1844 - 1923)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 15 year old physician's son living with his stepfather Dr. Samuel P Hales' family in southern Halifax County, VA, along with his siblings. He enlisted at Brooklyn, VA as a Private in Company E, 23rd Virginia Infantry on 7 May 1861. He was elected 3rd Lieutenant on 21 April 1862, was wounded in the arm at McDowell, VA on 8 May, and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant by August.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was appointed regimental Adjutant in October 1862. He was wounded again, by a gunshot in the leg in April 1863 in the Shenandoah Valley, and was on furlough due to his wound and illness to 20 September 1863. He was promoted to First Lieutenant to date from 1 June 1863 and to Captain of Company E in January 1864 (dated 27 November 1863). He was absent, wounded for the fourth time - a gunshot to his right thigh - from May to September 1864 and, lastly, wounded by a gunshot to the head on 25 March 1865 at Fort Stedman near Petersburg, VA. He was in hospitals in Richmond and Danville to at least 4 April 1865.

After the War

He went to Rulo, Richardson County, NE in 1869 and moved to Table Rock in 1873, where he lived and farmed for most of the rest of his life, later also running a grocery, restaurant, and junk business.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records1 online via fold3. Personal details from his obituary in the Table Rock Argus of 8 June 1905, family genealogists, and the US Census of 1860-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as is a modern marker (cenotaph) for him in South Boston, VA.

He married Katherine Susan "Kate" Ballou (1844-1922) in November 1865 and they had 3 daughters.

More on the Web

See more about "Cap" Jennings on a page from the Table Rock Historical Society.


11/18/1844; Halifax County, VA


06/17/1923; Omaha, NE; burial in Table Rock Cemetery, Table Rock, NE


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 27948]