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Confederate (CSV)


John Richard Llewellyn

(1822 - 1886)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A Mexican War veteran, he was running a religious newspaper, The Conductor, at Petersburg before the War. He entered service in Company K--formerly the (F.W.) Archer Rifles--on 4 May 1861 as First Lieutenant, and was promoted Captain on 1 July. He may have been slightly wounded at Second Manassas in August 1862, but was back with the Regiment in Maryland.

On the Campaign

He was seriously wounded in action at Crampton's Gap on 14 September while in command of the 12th as senior officer fit for duty:

"The gallant bearing of Capt. Lewellen at the time when our regiment formed its line of battle on the slope of the mountain and began to descend to the road and fence at its foot was conspicuous. Drawing his sword, and I think waving it over his head, he placed himself a few paces to the front and right of the regiment, and in this position went forward with it ..."

The rest of the War

Llewellyn was in hospitals recovering from his wound for most of the remainder of 1862, and on light duty, detached on conscription service for all of 1863. He was promoted Major 3 October 1862. He rejoined his unit in the field in January 1864, commanded it in combat that year, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in February 1865 (to rank from July '64). He spent the last two months of the War sick in hospital.

After the War

After the War he was a farmer and politician, and was editor of the Danville Register.

References & notes

Most biographical information here from Henderson1. The quote above and more about his Regiment from Bernard2. His name is seen as John R. Lewellen in some records. He married Virginia Louisa Morris in 1850.


1822; Campell County, VA


12/04/1886; Danville, VA; burial in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Va


1   Henderson, William D., 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment, Lynchburg (Va): H. E. Howard Company, 1984, pg. 137  [AotW citation 808]

2   Bernard, George S., War Talks of Confederate Veterans, Petersburg (Va): Fenn & Owen, 1892, pp. 47, 48, 50  [AotW citation 809]