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F.V. Winston

F.V. Winston

Confederate (CSV)


Frank Velleius Winston

(1830 - 1915)

Home State: Virginia

Education: University of Virginia Law, Class of 1850

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 29-year old lawyer of some means living alone at Louisa Courthouse, Virginia.1 He was commissioned Lieutenant in Company D, 13th Virginia Infantry on 17 April 1861 and was elected Captain in the Army reorganization on 26 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the Regiment as senior officer present at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 1 September 1863 and by October was a member of the Confederate House of Delegates representing Louisa County, in Richmond, VA.2

After the War

He was an attorney at Louisa Courthouse by 1870 and to at least 1888.3 By 1910 he had retired from his law practice and was living on a farm in Louisa County.

References & notes

Service and other details from David F. Riggs' 13th Virginia Infantry (roster, 1988). Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1860-1910. His education from the University's Students of the University of Virginia: A Semi-centennial Catalogue (1878). His gravesite is on Find A Grave; thanks to Jim Buchanan for the pointer. His picture from a photograph at the Library of Congress located and kindly provided by Rhett Dakota Vito.

He married Mary Day Chiles (1836-1913) in July 1862.

His younger brother James Edward Winston (b. 1838) was First Sergeant of Company D, but was killed at Chantilly, VA on 1 September 1862.


10/10/1830; Louisa County, VA


08/05/1915; Louisa County, VA; burial in Oakland Cemetery, Louisa, VA


1   Louisa County, Virginia, Census, 1860 - Page 855.
US Census Bureau, and USGenWeb volunteers, transcribers, USGenWeb Census Project, Published 1998-, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>, Source page: /va/louisa/census/1860/0855.gif  [AotW citation 225]

2   From the October 1863 Richmond Directory.
Gorman, Michael D., Civil War Richmond, Published c. 2003, first accessed 15 August 2005, <>, Source page: /Written%20Accounts/1863%20Richmond%20Directory.htm  [AotW citation 223]

3   From "Chataigne's Virginia Gazetteer and Classified Business Directory Louisa County - 1888-1889".
Weaver, Jeffrey C., webmaster, New River Notes, Published c. 1998, first accessed 15 August 2005, <>, Source page: /va/loui1888.htm  [AotW citation 224]