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W.E. Cutshaw

W.E. Cutshaw

Confederate (CSV)


Wilfred Emory Cutshaw

(1838 - 1907)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1858

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Cutshaw's (VA) Battery

Before Sharpsburg

He was appointed Lieutenant of Virginia troops in May, and of the CSA on 31 October 1861. He served as an engineer, then was promoted to Captain and command his own artillery battery in March 1862. He was in action on the Peninsula and Valley Campaigns until wounded in the left knee and captured in action 25 May 1862 at Winchester. He was paroled on 8 August 1862.

On the Campaign

Although listed by Carman and others as in command of his battery in Maryland, there is some question about his whereabouts during that campaign. In September 1862 he had not been exchanged and was still largely disabled by his wound.

The rest of the War

While recovering, he taught at his alma mater VMI until he was arrested in April 1863 by Federal troops for violating his parole. He was imprisoned at Ft. McHenry, Maryland and formally exchanged in May.

In September 1863 he returned to active service as Inspector General, Second Artillery Corps, and in February 1864 he was promoted Major and given command of Hardaway's Battalion. He was wounded again and lost his right leg at Sayler's Creek on 6 April 1865.

After the War

He was briefly a civil engineer and teacher, then instructor at VMI (1869-72), before beginning his lifelong service as City Engineer for Richmond, Virginia (1873-1907).

References & notes

The photograph above from Wise1 - who has his middle name as Emmet, in error. Basic service data from Sifakis2, with supporting details from a 1907 memorium.


01/25/1838; Harpers Ferry, VA


12/19/1907; Richmond, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   Wise, Jennings Cropper, The Long Arm of Lee; or, The History of the Artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia ..., 2 Vols., Lynchburg: JP Bell Company, 1915, Vol. 2, pg. 800  [AotW citation 954]

2   Sifakis, Stewart, Who Was Who in the Civil War, New York: Facts on File, 1988  [AotW citation 956]