(1828 - 1863)
Home State: Virginia
Education: Portsmouth Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy;
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Class of 1851
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 14th Virginia Infantry
He was a Physician in Portsmouth by 1852 and also served as Mayor for a term in 1856-57. He was elected Colonel of the 3rd Virginia Volunteers, a state militia unit, in 1856, and the Third was mustered into Confederate service on 20 April 1861. On 14 May was appointed to command the new 14th Virginia Infantry by the Governor, his commission dated 17 May.
On the Campaign
He was in command of his regiment in Maryland, and took command of Armistead's Brigade at Sharpsburg, after General Armistead was wounded. Lieutenant Colonel William White probably led the regiment afterward.
The rest of the War
He was killed at the "high water mark" of Picketts Charge, at the wall on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg on 3 July 1863, in the lead of his Regiment. His body was buried on the field and his widow Sallie filed for his final pay of $409.50 by May 1864.
After the War
His remains were probably reinterred at Hollywood Cemetery in 1872.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and his brother-in-law James F Crocker's Colonel James Gregory Hodges, His Life and Character (1909), source also of his picture. His gravesite in Richmond and his memorial in
Cedar Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth are on Findagrave.
He married Sarah Anna Fenton “Sallie” Wilson (1830-1917) in May 1853 and they had 3 children by 1860.
12/25/1828; Portsmouth, VA
07/03/1863; Gettysburg, PA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA