A Civil War Story
of "Waterview" at Gloucester Point
Submitted by J. Edward
Hayes and Allied Families of Gloucester County, Virginia--The
Descendants of William Hayes and Elizabeth Foster
compiled by Melinde Hatfield, is an interesting account, which includes
the quotation below.
Mary Hayes, was born 26 February 1824 in Gloucester County to Joel and
Margaret Billups Hayes. She married William Dobson on 18 April 1844 at "Waterview"
[DAR]. William was the son of John and Susan Stoakes Dobson of Gloucester
and made his living as a cabinet maker [1860C]. Joel Hayes gave the
couple "Waterview" plantation. (p. 69).
experience told by their granddaughter, Lucy Dudley, a century later.
mother was the daughter of William Dobson and Margaret Hayes Dobson. The
latter died on a visit to us in 1880 and was buried here in Oakwood
Cemetery (Richmond, VA). Her husband, who survived her twenty years and
moved to Richmond and is buried beside her. My mother was in her early
teens when Margaret Hayes Dobson was seized by the Yankees and taken to
Yorktown to General McClellan's headquarters where she was kept as a
prisoner till the end of the war. My grandfather had left the home on
some business and his wife and my mother's younger brother were the only
members of the family at home when the Yankees made the raid. The oldest
son, John W. Dobson about 16 yrs. of age was in Lynchburg with General
Rosser's Brigade. A group of Yankee soldiers stationed at Gloucester
Point raided the home, stole all the silver and grabbed whatever they
could, but when they went to the stable to steal the horses, my
grandmother saw them about to march off with her own horse, in Mexican
side saddle. She was so enraged she grabbed a pistol and shot, naturally
missing her aim. She was immediately arrested and carried over to
Yorktown. Imagine my grandfathers anguish in trying to locate her. She
was finally allowed to be taken to the Mill and see her husband and
children for one hour, once a month, in the presence of guards. She was
kept until the end of the war, but she admitted that General McClellan
showed her every courtesy and allowed her the use of his headquarters.
Returning to "Waterview," she found her home burned to the ground and
everything desolate. But she was very brave and the family finally got
together. Later, a new house was built at "Waterview"..After her death
the place was sold and is now "Little Richmond." (p. 69-70)
[from a letter to Clarissa Thornton by Lucy Dudley].