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Dandrdge Akers

Dandridge, also known as Daniel, was born about 1837 in Montgomery County. He was a farmer. He married Parthena Farmer on January 13, 1859. Parthena was born about 1842 in Montgomery County, Virginia. She was the daughter of George B. and Mary Polly McDonald Farmer. The date of death of Dandridge and Parthena are unknown at this time. Dandridge was in the Civil War, serving in Company F, 54th Virginia Infantry Regiment. He enlisted on September 9, 1861. He was not wounded in the war. He served in the same company of the 54th as four of his brothers. The 54th Virginia Infantry Regiment fought in many battles, most notable were Chickamauga, Ga., Missionary Ridge, Tenn., Ringgold Gap, Ga., Stony Side, Ga., Dalton, Ga., Marietta, Ga., Atlanta, Ga., The Siege of Atlanta, Ga., and Franklin, Tenn. The 54th suffered 567 plus casualties during the war. The 54th captured the Regimental flag of the 21st Ohio, Regimental and State flags of the 22nd Michigan and the Regimental flag of the 89th Ohio. Johnny Clem, who gained national recognition as "The Drummer Boy of Shiloh", at age 12, was with the 22nd Michigan, when he reported to have killed the Colonel of the 54th Virginia Infantry, but later proved he killed the orderly of Colonel Trigg. The 54th and the 63rd Virginia Regiments were the only two Virginia Regiments from Virginia to serve in the Army of Tennessee. All others were with the Army of Northern Virginia. Dandridge moved his family from Pulaski County to Bland County, Virginia about 1880-1885. Part of the family came by wagon and part by horseback. Two of the sons rode one horse. George Byrd was in the saddle and William D. rode behind him. William D. later stated that he was so sore, he could hardly walk for days. Dandridge purchased 400 acres of land on Laurel Creek, Rocky Gap, Virginia. He purchased the land from Edd Davis for four horses, valued at $100 each. The original house he built is still standing, but in very poor condition. The land was from the top of East River Mountain to the top of Buckhorn Mountain. That stretches down East River Mountain and across Laurel Creek. Lucy Ann Akers Daughtery was the last on to live in the home. She was the daughter of George Byrd Akers. The house was originally made of logs and the logs could still be seen when upstairs. The Akers Cemetery is located close by the house. There are many Akers' buried in the cemetery, including Dandridge and Parthena. Dandridge has a Veteran's stone marking his grave. Inscription on the stone is Daniel Akers, Co. F, 54th Va. Inf.

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