NP: July 30, 1864 Richmond Examiner: Casualties in Gary’s Cavalry Brigade, July 27, 1864

   

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LIST OF CASUALTIES

In Gary’s cavalry brigade, in the affair of 27th June, at Tilghman’s farm1, Brigadier General [Martin W.] Gary, commanding2

Lieutenant F C[harles] Hume, acting Aid[e] de camp, supposed mortally wounded.

Seventh South Carolina [Cavalry] regiment, Captain J[ohn] H Tucker, commanding—Company A—J J Evans, wounded slightly in hand.

Company B—Wounded:  Sergeant C[hristopher] J Wilson, severely in face; Privates C [A] Wagner, in leg; A [G] Gowan [or Gowen], in hand; W [N] Clark, in arm; S M Crayton, in shoulder; E P Earle, in leg; M F Nelson, in both legs; S[anders] Glover, slightly.

Company D   Missing:  J H Baker.

Carried into action one hundred and sixty-two.

Hampton [South Carolina] Legion, Major R[obert] B Arnold  commanding;  Field and staff  no casualties.

Company A, Captain E[ugene] A Thomas, commanding—Killed:  None.   Wounded:  Captain E[ugene] A Thomas, severely; Privates R[ichard] T Morrison3 and E O Hall, slightly; William [T] Tupper, severely.  Missing:  Private [Moses] Pearsen.

Company B, Captain B[enjamin] E Nicholson, commanding—Killed:  None.  Wounded:  Sergeant R[obert] A Turner; Private S J Tompkins, slightly.

Company C, Captain W[illiam] T[heo] Lesesne, commanding—Killed:  None.  Wounded:  Captain W[illiam] T[heo] Lesesne, slightly; Corporals Joseph E. Graham, mortally; R[ichard] W Tindall, severely; B[enjamin] P Kelly, slightly; Private J[acob] Ford, slightly.

Company D  Lieutenant John H [sic, T] Donaldson, commanding   Killed:  Private James [Earl] Neighbors4.—Wounded:  Lieutenant John H [sic, T] Donaldson, severely; Corporal J W Pickens [sic, Israel Wesley Pickens]5, painfully; Privates A W Roper, slightly; W T Todd6, slightly.

Company E, Lieutenant C[yrus] D Nesbitt, commanding.  Killed:  Private W T Dorrah [sic, William Pinckney Dorroh]7.  Wounded:  Lieutenant C[yrus] D Nesbitt, severely; Privates J[osiah] B Wasson, dangerously; J[ohn] P Rice, dangerously; R C Peyden [sic, Robert C. Peden], severely; T[homas] W Traynham8, slightly; L[ewis] H Turbyfill9, severely.

Company F, Lieutenant J[eremiah] J[udge] Cleveland, commanding.  Killed:  Corporal W[illiam] P Thackston10.

Company G, Lieutenant D W Bracey, commanding—No casualties.

Company H, Captain J[ohn] D Palmer, commanding.—No casualties.

Company I, Lieutenant William Jones, commanding.  Killed:  None.  Wounded:  Lieutenant William Jones, in thigh, severely; Privates W P Hatton [sic, Warren D. Hatton]11, severely; Rufus [D.] Grogan, severely.

Company K, Lieutenant B F Mullikin, commanding.  No casualties.

Carried into action one hundred and ninety-five.

Twenty-fourth Virginia regiment, Colonel W[iliam] T Robins, commanding—Company B    Killed:  Private M [W.] Ha[y]nes.  Wounded:  Lieutenant [Andrew B.] Cottrell, in hand, since amputated; Lieutenant [Thomas M.] Deitrick, in hand, slightly.

Company I—Missing:  W[illiam] W Parker.12

SOPO Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin.

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Source/Notes:

  1. SOPO Editor’s Note: This was the first day of fighting at the First Battle of Deep Bottom.  Gary’s Brigade and some Confederate infantry brigades were protecting the four 20 lb Parrott Rifles of Graham’s Rockbridge VA Artillery, which had been firing on passing Union ships on the James River to the south.  The Confederates did not perform particularly well that day, and the cannon were captured.
  2. SOPO Editor’s Note: All of the linked men’s names below take you to the first card of their Compiled Service Records, or CSRs, at Fold3.com.
  3. SOPO Editor’s Note: There were two candidates for this name, Richard T. Morrison and Robert V. Morrison, brothers.  The middle initial is badly blurred in the article.  Per a recent unit history, Richard was wounded ”circa July 29, 1864”.  Robert V. had been wounded at Riddell’s Shop on June 13, and was in the hospital convalescing from then until July 24, 1864.  So, he COULD have also been the one wounded on July 27.  All of that said, I believe Richard was wounded on July 27 rather than July 29, and is the man listed here.  Feel free to correct me if you have evidence and Contact Us.  See Sturkey, O. Lee. Hampton Legion Infantry C.S.A. (The South Carolina Regimental Roster Set). 1st ed., Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2008, p. 211
  4. SOPO Editor’s Note: See Sturkey, O. Lee. Hampton Legion Infantry C.S.A. (The South Carolina Regimental Roster Set). 1st ed., Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2008, p. 332
  5. SOPO Editor’s Note: See Sturkey, O. Lee. Hampton Legion Infantry C.S.A. (The South Carolina Regimental Roster Set). 1st ed., Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2008, p. 309
  6. SOPO Editor’s Note: I could not find a man fitting this name in Company D in either the Compiled Service Records or O. Lee Sturkey’s unit history. The name is also blurred, so the last name may not be Todd.  If you know more, please Contact Us.
  7. SOPO Editor’s Note: See Sturkey, O. Lee. Hampton Legion Infantry C.S.A. (The South Carolina Regimental Roster Set). 1st ed., Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2008, p. 357
  8. SOPO Editor’s Note: For Traynam’s first name, see Sturkey, O. Lee. Hampton Legion Infantry C.S.A. (The South Carolina Regimental Roster Set). 1st ed., Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2008, p. 372
  9. SOPO Editor’s Note: See Sturkey, O. Lee. Hampton Legion Infantry C.S.A. (The South Carolina Regimental Roster Set). 1st ed., Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2008, p. 372
  10. SOPO Editor’s Note: See Sturkey, O. Lee. Hampton Legion Infantry C.S.A. (The South Carolina Regimental Roster Set). 1st ed., Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2008, p. 382
  11. SOPO Editor’s Note: For Hatton’s full name, see Sturkey, O. Lee. Hampton Legion Infantry C.S.A. (The South Carolina Regimental Roster Set). 1st ed., Wilmington, NC, Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2008, p. 478
  12. “List of Casualties.” Richmond Examiner. July 30, 1864, p. 1 col. 6

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Lisa Fulton September 11, 2020 at 12:51 pm

Brett,

Regarding the list of casualties from Gary’s Calvary brigade, I have mention of two of the men, E. P. Earle and S. M. Crayton:

“Camp 7th SC Cavalry, Near ‘Deep Bottom’
July 31st 1864

My Dear Sister Annie!

The excitement created by the appearance of the enemy on the ‘North Side,’ in such strong force, has subsided as they have all gone back excepting the troops which they originally had at ‘Deep Bottom.’ Henry has written to Pa this morning and given I suppose all the details of the late movements, so I can add nothing of interest.

Our Regiment participated in only one engagement [27 July 1864] and then only the right was hotly engaged. Our Squadron is on the extreme right of the Regt and consequently suffered more than any other. Co ‘B’ (Capt Trenholm’s) had (7) seven wounded, Sammy Crayton quite severely in shoulder and Preston Earle slightly in the leg. They both stood their wounds manfully. Company ‘G’ (‘Capt Jeffers’) escaped without any casualties excepting one man struck on the breast by a spent ball.”

These two young men, Preston Earle and Samuel Crayton, were good friends of Spann Jeffers. They were age mates, knew each other before the war, and all joined the Rutledge Mounted Riflemen in early 1863. Apparently when the RMR split into two companies (later in 1863) Preston Earle and Sammy Crayton landed in Company “B”, and Spann landed in Company “G” with his older brother Henry Jeffers.

I love your linking system – make research much easier. I see that Preston Earle was admitted to Jackson Hospital on 28th July. He stayed there a few days, then was furloughed to SC for 30 days because of his leg wound. But he was back in Virginia in September, and was paroled at Appomattox.

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