(1811 - 1883)
Home State: Virginia
Education: Hampden-Sidney College
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Unit: 6th Virginia Cavalry
After college he was a private teacher, studied law, and practiced in Halifax, VA. He was elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth US Congress (1847-49) - as was Abraham Lincoln. He had defeated the Democratic candidate Treadway by one vote, 650 to 649. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1848 and 1850, and for Governor, as a "Know-Nothing" in 1855. He was a member of the Virginia secession convention in 1861, and then raised a company of cavalry for Confederate service, of which he was Captain.
He was later appointed Colonel of the Sixth Virginia Cavalry (date?).
The rest of the War
He ran again, unsuccessfully, for Virginia Governor in 1863 (having resigned his commission?).
After the War
He practiced law in Danville, VA, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876.
References & notes
Sources: US Congressional biography - posted online; and
Introductory material to the S. Bassett French biographical sketch collection, U of Virginia, posted online as part of the USGenWeb Archives by Joan Renfrow.
His son Cabell Carrington Flournoy, was Captain, Co. E, and later (1863) Colonel of the Regiment. Cabell was killed in action at Cold Harbor in June 1864. Another son, Henry W. (1845-1902) was in Company G. He later became a judge.
12/15/1811; Prince Edward County, VA
3/12/1883; Halifax County, VA; burial in family plot, Halifax, VA