The Year of Anguish Fauquier County, Virginia 1861-1865 by Emily G. Ramey and John K. Gott Co-Chairman Copyright 1965 All rights reserved.
Northern Virginia's Own William M. Glasgow Jr. , Globill Press, P O Box 571, Alexandria, Virginia 22313. pp. 465 Price unknown.
Military Records, Certificates of Service, Discharge, Heirs, & Pension Declarations from The Fauquier County Virginia Minute Books 1784-1840 Compiled by Joan W. Peters. Printed by Willow Bend Books and Family Line Publications 65 East Main Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157-5036 - 1-800-876-6103. Copyright 1999.
Military Records, Certificates of Service, Discharge, Heirs, & Pension Declarations from The Fauquier County Virginia Minute Books 1840-1904 Compiled by Joan W. Peters. Printed by Willow Bend Books and Family Line Publications 65 East Main Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157-5036 - 1-800-876-6103. Copyright 1999.
Black Horse Cavalry Defend Our Beloved Country by Lewis Marshall Helm. Published by Higher Education Publication, 6400 Arlington Road, Suite 648, Falls Church, VA 22042. PHONE: 703-532-2300, Copyright 2004 All rights reserved. Book available at: Fauquier Historical Society Old Jail Museum, P.O. Box 675, Warrenton, VA 20188 PHONE: 540-347-5525 price $45.00 plus shipping.
Fauquier County has 12 sites on the Virginia Civil War Trails, a statewide system of five trails with more than 250 sites were significant or interesting action occured during the war. Fauquier's sites are part of the Northern Virginia trail. "Cross-roads of conflict." Brochures/are available at the Warrenton Fauquier County Visitor Center.
Each site on the trail has an interpretive marker which describes what happened there. "Trailblazer" signs lead the way to the markers.
Fauquier's signs provide a fascinating mix of information about actual battles, human interest stories, local history and the escapades of Col. John S. Mosby, the "gray ghost" of the Confederacy. The signs are illustrated with old photographs, maps and engravings from period publications.
Although several historically-significant incidents here such as the first transport of troops into battle by train at Pidemont Station (now Delaplane) and Gen George McClellan's notification at Recotrtown that he's been relieved of command by President Lincoln, it is oftenthe lesser-known anectodes which capture the imagination of visitors. These include:
My great-grandfather, Lt. William Lewis Ficklin, was in the 4th Virginia Cavalry, Black Horse Troop. His brother, John, who served in the same regiment, was killed at the Battle of Travillian Station near Richmond. I have a photograph, taken in 1890 in W. H. Payne's yard in Warrenton, VA, of the survivors of the Black Horse Company. General W. H. Payne was Commander at the 1st Battle of Bull Run, and was succeeded by Alex Payne. I have done brief research at the Fauquier Co. library in Warrenton, and would think there might exist a roster of the complete Black Horse Troop there. Meanwhile, I hope this will help. Submitted by Mary Kay HOLTERMAN
Survivors are listed as: W H Payne John Scott A D Payne "Billy" (Wm. Lewis) Ficklin Charles Gordon J G Beale Strother Jones William Bowen Mort Weaver Billy Lewis Bob Downman Billy Smoot R A Hart Whit Peters Anderson Smith Seth Beale Maynard Courtney Tom Fant George Markell John Johnson B G Green John Gaskins George McCormick Hugh Hamilton Ed Armstrong Austin Colbert Billy Helm Lud Beale Hugh James Josh Martin John Riley Ike Lake Charles Holtzclaw John R. Turner Theo Pilcher Ritchie Green John Robinson John Taliaferro Melvin Withers
Andrew J. Jones MAJ Co. I 11th VA Vol. Buried at Mt Holly Cemetery 1831 - 1908 Hilaary P. Jones COL., unit not stated Buried at Leeds Cemetery 1833 - 1913 Strother S. Jones Bugler, Black Horse Cav. Buried at Warrenton Cemetery April 05, 1831 - October 12, 1916 Thomas T. Jones CO. A 9th VA Cav. Buried at Morrisville Methodist Cemetery Hugh T. Kemper Warrenton Rifles Buried at Warrenton Cemetery December 15, 1832 - August 28, 1873 George N. Kemper Warrenton Rifles Buried at Warrenton Cemetery December 14, 1830 - June 14, 1890 R.C. Lewis Co. B. Mosby's Buried at Ivy Hill Cemetery William H. Lewis Black Horse Cav. Buried at Church of Our Savior August 18, 1838 - August 19, 1903 William S. Hunton Black Horse Cav. Buried at Alton Cemetery March o1, 1840 - October 07, 1896 Henry S. Hunton Black Horse Cav. Buried at Alton Cemetery July 02, 1846 - February 15, 1881 Joseph G. Hunton Black Horse Cav. Buried at J. Hunton Cemetery July 25, 1826 - January 23, 1906
A few facts of life during the Civil War based on the everyday persons and children.
Confederate draft laws exempted men who twenty or more slaves from being drafted into the army. It was a law that was resented by "Jonny Reb." the common soldier, who owned even one slave. However, the majority of soldiers were not fighting for slavery. They were fighting for their way of life and their "country." They felt the North and west had too much influence in the Federal government. In addition they felt the government in Washington was becoming too powerful and interfering with the rights of the states.
A barrel shirt was a wooden barrel that had the bottom removed and holes cut into the sides. When a soldier was found guilty of an infraction, he would be required to put this barrel shirt on while in camp so the other soldiers would know he was being punched. It was a great reminder to the other soldiers not to violate the rules.
What role did kids from Texas and throughout the South play in the Civil War? Towards the end of the war young boys from not only Texas but through the South played a very sad role in the war. In the final months of the war, the South needed troops desperately. In the beginning men up to thirty-five were accepted in the army, but as the years dragged on the age limit for volunteering became wider until almost anyone would be taken as a soldier. At Petersburg after Lee's troops pulled out, young boys in their early teens were found dead next to men in their sixties.
Young children helped in making of uniforms and other items that were needed to keep the army running. They also played the role of just being children who fathers thought of them before going into battle. They proved to be an inspiration to men who were doing their best to stay alive and come home to them.
Perhaps, the biggest and most significant change the children had to del with was growing up without a father. Over 620,000 men died during the war, many of whom were husbands and fathers. When word reached home that they had been killed the child had to learn to go on without the guidance and love of their father.
Also, many cities in the South had been almost destroyed from the war and even those living in the country faced hard times because the war had ruined many of the fields in which they grew the food they ate. The children in the North did not have it quite as bad because much of the war was fought in the South and west. There were even reports of children being killed at play in the fields, where unexploded shells would go off as they played.
Implied marriages are found in Deeds, Wills, and other documents. Here we will develope marriages for future residents of Fauquier County, Virginia.
Records will not be accepted with out clearly cited resources.
Anyone know of real love stories to develope during the Civil War?
The United Daughters of the Confederacy is offering Medals of Honor for Military Service to United States veterans who are direct descendants of Confederate veterans.
The different crosses have different military requirements - service for WWI, WWII, Merchant Marine and State National Guard for specified dates and designations. There is also a Military Certificate of Appreciation for peacetime service.
Today's medals are the outgrowth of the original Southern Cross of Honor which was awarded by the UDC to Confederate Veterans beginning in 1900. For more information write to:
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