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VICTORIA COUNTY, TEXAS
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SOLDIERS OF THE CIVIL WAR IN VICTORIA COUNTY

Confederate Dead Buried at Victoria
1890 Texas Union Soldier Schedule, Victoria Co.
Union Soldiers Buried in Victoria-1865
Union Soldiers Who Died in Victoria, Buried Elsewhere
Union Soldiers at Victoria During 1865, story by Greg W. Lasley

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CONFEDERATE DEAD BURIED At VICTORIA

This information was submitted by Rena McWilliams and was taken from the Victoria Advocate, May 11, 1923.

This list does not claim entire accuracy and is subject to correction from any one who has information.

An update from Chris Flemming, England UK:
"PRIDHAM, F R – is FRANCIS (or Frank) ROBERTS PRIDHAM – born abt 1841 and died 19th March 1904 in Texas. He was the son of P.U. PRIDHAM – PETER UNDERHAY PRIDHAM who was born in Guernsey and died abt. 1853 in Texas. I have a letter written by F R Pridham and proof that he fought for the Confederates. P U Pridham is my GGG Uncle and was one of the founders of Texas."

G.A.R. Veterans Buried in Evergreen Cemetery:

Spanish-American Veterans Buried in Evergreen:

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THE 1890 TEXAS UNION SOLDIER SCHEDULE for Victoria County
Microfilm Roll 101

Many thanks to Petra Wright who transcribed and donated these records to TXGenWeb!

Last Name First Name WidowRank RegimentSoundex
      
Alden Charles R. Cpl/MusicianF 42 Ill Inf/I 4 US CavA435
Alexander Laeser     A425
Anderson John 1st Pvt G 38 Colored Inf VolA536
Barden EvaCapt B 2 Mich Vol B635
Beck Joseph Hersnia?PvtC 1 Tex CavB200
BillingsWilliam    B452
Byaso Josiah L.  Sgt E 1 US CavB200
Clark Hiram  Pvt C 96 Ill InfC462
CrawfordJames S.  Conf 2 Lt K 33 Tex CavC616
DeLaGarzaVicente  Conf PvtB 3 Tex CavD426
GavelJoe PvtD 16 Ill CavG140
Gibbs CharlesLucinda   G120
GilbertNathan CplL 22 NY CavG416
Gilbert Nathan S.  CplL 22 NY Vol CavG416
Gray Ed  DrummerG 12 Wis VolG600
GwinnWilliam W.  1st Lt E 38 IllG500
Hadeck Edmund W.  PvtE 168 NY VolH320
HallerE.Christine   H460
Hammond AsherHannah M.CaptB 31 Ind H553
HeatonLorenzo D
(a Lawrence D)
 Hspl StewardE 1st Mo Vol Inf H350
HernandezWarloupe  Conf Pvt C 4 Tex CavH655
HesterJohn     NavyH236
Hiller Adam  Pvt D 58 Ill InfH460
HoganJames M.  Conf PvtA 7 Tex CavH250
Howard George  Pvt G 13 NY MilitiaH630
Kaufman Dave  Pvt C 86 Ohio InfK155
KaufmanJohn H.  Pvt C 64 Ohio InfK155
KellyMichael  Pvt G 13 ConK400
Killip Archibald W.  Sgt/2 LtK 11 Pa/13 VtK410
KingChauncey L.  PvtB 114 Ill Inf K520
MackHenry   PvtH 7 MdM200
McCulloughWilliam Sailor M242
MeyerGustave Pvt15 NY InfM600
MonroeCharlie    M560
O'Brien John    O165
Purmpseed Frank PvtG 62 Cold Mo InfP651
ReaganDominik Pvt US Vol Reg R250
RehmJacob   R500
Reily Edward O. Conf Pvt H 6 Tex InfR400
SampleWellington Conf CplD 1 Tex Cav S514
StamperLouis PvtE Ohio Inf S351
StarkAdam  PvtE 1 Tex Cav S362
Stephenson John M. Conf PvtBenavida Regt S315
StuartMalke Capt61 Tex US Colored Inf S363
SullivanDan SailorWasp, Powhattan S415
SummersAdam Conf PvtA Tex CavS562
TaupelEdward L. Pvt T140
Terrell Croggan L. Conf Pvt  T640
TerrellTimothy R. Conf Pvt T640
TompsonBenjamin F. PvtB 4 NY Cav T512
Wheeler M.E. Pvt I 7 Vt InfW460
WheelerMoses E. Pvt I 7 VtW460
WhipsHiram Pvt Home 9 InfW120
WoodhouseJoseph Pvt  W320

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UNION SOLDIERS BURIED IN VICTORIA TX - 1865

We would like to thank Greg Lasley who has done considerable research and discovered the names of Union soldiers who were buried in Victoria in 1865. In his words, "Just for the record, I will list the eighty-five soldiers who were initially buried at Victoria. Most, if not all, were apparently later moved by the Union army. The remains of my great grandfather were moved from Victoria to the Alexandria National Cemetery in Louisiana late in the 1860s. There is a website for the Alexandria National Cemetery . I checked some of the other soldier's names that were originally buried at Victoria in the surname index for Alexandria National Cemetery and found most of them listed. So, it does appear that the federal army did in fact come to Victoria in the late 1860s and removed the remains of their deceased soldiers." The soldiers named below are found in the “Alphabetical Index to Places of Interment of Deceased Union Soldiers,” published by the Quartermaster General’s Office, Washington, D.C. in 1868." You may read Greg's very interesting story of his research and of his great-grandfather below.

Buried near Wesserquere’s house, 6 miles N.W. of Victoria

NAMERANKREGIMENT CO.DATE of DEATH
Allen, AaronPvt.51st OhioI Aug. 19, 1865
Bevin, James E.Sgt.77th PennE Sept. 16, 1865
Brown, DallasPvt.31st IndC Sept. 27, 1865
Carr, AmosPvt.30th IndF Sept. 19, 1865
Classin, MartinPvt.77th PennF Sept. 2, 1865
Clusky, LewisPvt.41st OhioI Oct. 4, 1865
Crawford, HillanePvt.51st OhioC Sept. 6, 1865
Cullirou, B.Pvt.51st OhioF Sept. 9, 1865
Davison, WalterMusician9th Ind Sept. 9, 1865
Deal, JamesPvt.21st ILH Sept. 2, 1865
Dennison, JohnPvt.23rd KYF Oct. 9, 1865
Dexter, IraPvt.75th IL Sept. 25, 1865
Forsyth, JohnSgt.77th PennA Sept. 29, 1865
Galloway, CharlesPvt.77th PennC Sept. 14, 1865
Grayhle, EmanuelPvt.77th PennF Sept. 9, 1865
Hanson, HalvorPvt.13th WisH Oct. 5, 1865
Hatfield, JasperPvt.31st IndH Oct. 15, 1865
Herr, JosephPvt.77th PennA Sept. 5, 1865
Hills, GilesPvt.4th MichI Oct. 27, 1865
Hinback, AugustPvt.77th PennE Oct. 29, 1865
Hogan, Thomas P.Pvt.21st KYE Oct. 29, 1865
Holland, JohnPvt.21st KYD Aug. 28, 1865
Horner, George W.Pvt.51st OhioI Oct. 8, 1865
Howes, HenryPvt.77th PennF Nov. 26, 1865
Howell, Albert J.Pvt.77th PennC Nov. 28, 1865
Husdon, ZachariahPvt.31st IndH Nov. 15, 1865
Hurkleberry, JacobPvt.3rd MichA Nov. 7, 1865
Hutchins, MartinPvt.38th ILA Nov. 30, 1865
Karger, AntonPvt.77th PennA Sept. 2, 1865
Ketch, GeorgeCpl.51st OhioG Sept. 12, 1865
Lesh, LewisPvt.35th IndA Sept. 25, 1865
Martin, William F.Pvt.35th IndD Aug. 24, 1865
Montgomery, JohnPvt.77th PennH Aug. 13, 1865
Nieman, JacobPvt.77th PennF Sept. 6, 1865
O’Holland, WilliamPvt.21st KYF Aug. 30, 1865
Payne, David J.Pvt.38th ILK Oct. 3, 1865
Phillips, DavidPvt.31st IndA Sept. 9, 1865
Ramsey, JohnPvt.9th IndH Sept. 13, 1865
Riley, JacobPvt.21st KYD Aug. 30, 1865
Richmond, John R.Pvt.51st OhioH Sept. 12, 1865
Ron, JohnCpl.77th PennA Oct. 6, 1865
Shamon, JohnPvt.77th PennE Sept. 29, 1865
Sturtevant, Isaiah J.Pvt.38th ILG Aug. 23, 1865
Syling, LewisCpl.77th PennF Sept. 13, 1865
Temple, FranklinPvt.77th PennF Oct. 1, 1865
Thomas, JosephPvt.77th PennG Aug. 19, 1865
Trimblin, PhilipPvt.51st OhioI Aug. 21, 1865
Wadley, WilliamPvt.38th ILH Aug. 16, 1865
Wages, JohnPvt.51st OhioD Aug. 17, 1865
Waterman, David Pvt.30th IndE Sept. 19, 1865
Wells, George D.Pvt.31st IndH Aug. 31, 1865
White, Horace H.Pvt.31st IndI Aug. 26, 1865

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Buried near Railroad Depot, Victoria

NAMERANKREGIMENT CO.DATE of DEATH
Alderon, JohnPvt.21st KYK Oct. 26, 1865
Allen, J. W.Pvt.77th PennD Nov. 25, 1865
Anderson, AndrewPvt.13th WisF Nov. 29, 1865
Baldwin, Thomas H.Pvt.77th PennI Nov. 25, 1865
Bresh, Peter Cpl.13th WisC Oct. 18, 1865
Brown, Peter Pvt.77th PennE Dec. 4, 1865
Brown, FrederickPvt.18th NY cav.D Dec. 6, 1865
Crawford, William P.Pvt.21st KYC Nov. 11, 1865
Fisher, WilliamPvt. 77th PennK Nov. 27, 1865
Johnson, AlexanderPvt.31st IndA Nov. 4, 1865
Leslie, James P.Pvt.30th IndA Nov. 9, 1865
Lewis, Charles V.Pvt. 4th MichI Oct. 29, 1865
Lyons, Robert J.Pvt. 77th PennI Oct. 21, 1865
McNeely, ThomasPvt. 59th ILI Oct. 15, 1865
Miller, John Pvt.15th IndF Dec. 9, 1865
Moore, John J.Pvt.77th PennF Nov. 18, 1865
Munce, James Pvt.13th WisC Nov. 16, 1865
Myers, AndrewPvt.30th IndC Oct. 30, 1865
Patterson, Matthew Pvt.77th PennD Nov. 9, 1865
Pearson, LeonardPvt. 21st KYG Oct. 22, 1865
Quigg, WilliamPvt.38th ILC Nov. 6, 1865
Rice, James S.Cpl.21st KYG Nov. 7, 1865
Spencer, SamuelCpl. 77th PennH Nov. 26, 1865
Stewart, DanielPvt. 77th PennE Nov. 6, 1865
Stocking, JamesPvt. 49th OhioF Dec. 3, 1865
Tefensee, JohnPvt.77th PennE Nov. 24, 1865
Tonga, ArnadaPvt.38th ILC Nov. 18, 1865
Truxton, TalbotPvt. 3rd MichI Oct. 16, 1865
Wacelin, JamesPvt.77th PennH Nov. 28, 1865
Weaver, WilliamPvt. 77th PennI Dec. 4, 1865
Wells, Stephen C.Pvt. 21st ILI Oct. 27, 1865
Woodward, George A.Cpl.21st ILB Oct. 16, 1865

Buried at Odd-Fellows’ Cemetery near Victoria

NAMERANKREGIMENT CO.DATE of DEATH
Brewer, MartinPvt.77th PennI Dec. 17, 1865

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MORE INFORMATION ON UNION SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN VICTORIA
thanks to
Martin Stewart who sent this.

NAMERANKCompany Date of DeathWhere DiedWhere Buried
Gavin, John PrivateHJuly 24, 1865 Indianola TXunknown
Heckman, Jacob C.1st SgtCAug. 20, 1865 Victoria TXAlexandria National Cemetery
Webb, FarmerSargeantGSept. 2, 1865Victoria TXAlexandria National Cemetery

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UNION SOLDIERS at VICTORIA DURING 1865
By Greg W. Lasley

Family genealogical research has a strange way of revealing tidbits of local history that had not been generally known beforehand. Such is the case with my own research into the life of my great grandfather, James Preston Lasley, from Posey County, Indiana. I discovered that he and other Union soldiers were buried in Victoria in late 1865. I also found a list of the soldiers’ names, information not previously available in Victoria.

James Preston Lasley was born in Kentucky in about 1834. Nothing else about his life is known until he showed up in Posey County, Indiana, and married a local girl named Sarah Jane Austin in May 1855. Both James and Sarah were illiterate, so the last name was spelled in many ways on various records such as Lassly, Leslie, Lesley, etc. James was a farmer, but did not own his own land. He and Sarah had three children. In November, 1864, near the end of the Civil War, James enlisted for one year in the Union Army in the 30th Indiana Infantry Regiment as a substitute for a William C. Baker. In exchange for enlisting, Baker conveyed 40 acres of land to James at Point Township in Posey County along the bottomland of the Ohio River. I can imagine that James saw this one-year enlistment as a way out of his poverty. All he had to do was serve a single year in the military and then he could return home to his 40 acres and raise his family on his own land.

The 30th Indiana Infantry was involved in the battle of Nashville in December, 1864, and then in the pursuit of General Hood to the Tennessee River later that month. The regiment was at Huntsville, Alabama, and locations in Tennessee through April 1865, when the war ended. The unit remained at Nashville through June and was then sent to New Orleans. It finally arrived in the coastal areas of Texas as an occupation force in July, 1865.

Since James P. Lasley was illiterate, he never corrected the various ways his name was spelled in the military records and muster rolls. His service records, in general, record him as James P. Leslie, but other spellings are used as well. The military records show him present and on duty at several Alabama locations in February and March 1865 and later in the summer in Louisiana and Texas. On August 4, 1865, he is listed as being sick in the “Military Field Hospital in Victoria, Texas.” Finally, he died of disease on November 9, 1865, in Victoria at the military field hospital, just two weeks before his unit was mustered out of service. It is a sad tale, and my thoughts go out to this young man wasting away from disease far from home, knowing that he would never see his wife and children again. That was all I knew about him and his final resting place until my research uncovered some more information about Victoria and the soldiers who died there just after the Civil War.

After many of the dead ends that are so common to genealogists, I was excited to come across an 1868 U.S. Government publication titled “Alphabetical Index to Places of Interment of Deceased Union Soldiers.” In this publication I found listings of hundreds of Union soldiers who died in Texas at many different locations during the last four months of 1865. Deceased soldiers are listed as having been buried at Houston, Jasper, Galveston, Hempstead, San Antonio, Indianola, Green Lake, Lavaca, Matagorda, Victoria, and elsewhere. There were three Victoria sites mentioned including “near Wessequere’s House, 6 miles N.W. of Victoria; near railroad depot, Victoria; and Odd-fellows’ Cemetery, near Victoria” where a total of fifty two, thirty two, and one soldiers had been buried, respectfully. My great grandfather, James P. Leslie of the 30th Indiana Infantry Regiment, was listed among the men buried near the railroad depot.

Armed with this information I went to Victoria on September 20, 2001, to do some investigation on my own. While in Victoria I spent some time on the phone with Mr. Charles Spurlin and Ms. Gladys Arnold, local historians, who were both extremely generous and helpful to an out-of-town visitor. I also spent some time at the public library and at the special collections of the Victoria College library. I learned that the present day Memorial Square is located at the site of the original Victoria burial ground that had been in use since 1824 when it was originally laid out by Martin de Leon. I also learned that the railroad depot in 1865 was only a block away from this cemetery. It stood to reason that federal troops stationed in Victoria just after the Civil War would have buried their deceased soldiers at this location. I found old newspaper articles from 1899 which also indicated that this was true. But, though there are still many unmarked graves at Memorial Square, are these federal soldiers among them? More work was needed. Among the various sources of information I looked through and the many helpful people I spoke with, it did not seem as if anyone in Victoria had previously known the names of the Union soldiers who had originally been interred in Victoria during 1865. Furthermore, while it was thought that some or all of the federal soldiers had been removed well after the war, no one seemed to know for certain. I think I can provide the answer.

I have been told by various researchers that in the aftermath of the Civil War the Federal Government did a thorough job of tracking down and removing to national cemeteries the bodies of Union soldiers. I checked with all the Texas national cemeteries, but found no listing for my great grandfather, so I began to suspect that he was resting in an unmarked grave at Memorial Square. Finally, in response to an inquiry I sent to the Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration in Washington, D.C., I learned that James P. Leslie had, in fact, been moved to a national cemetery. His final resting place is in grave site 890-B at the Alexandria National Cemetery, in Pineville, Louisiana. He has a marker and information about his unit on a headstone. The records at Alexandria National Cemetery indicate “James P. Leslie, 30th Indiana, died Nov. 9, 1865, originally buried at Victoria, Texas.” Checking through the surname index on the web page of the cemetery, I saw that a substantial percentage of the soldiers who were originally buried at or near Victoria were eventually moved to Alexandria National Cemetery.

Victoria has been an important part of Texas history through almost 200 years. From early Texas explorers to the battle for Texas independence and into the twentieth century, the history of Victoria has played an important part of our heritage. It is interesting to learn of even small additional bits of information about Victoria, such as the fact that Union soldiers were buried in her soil, then eventually moved to a national cemetery in Louisiana. Just for the record, I will list the eighty-five soldiers who were initially buried at Victoria. Most, if not all, were apparently later moved by the Union army. The soldiers named are found in the “Alphabetical Index to Places of Interment of Deceased Union Soldiers,” published by the Quartermaster General’s Office, Washington, D.C. in 1868.

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