This book honors the Confederate soldiers who served their county, state, and country during the War for Independence. Few of them owned slaves or considered slavery a major issue causing the war. They joined the conflict to relieve themselves of the economic and political domination of the Northern states, and unfair tariffs on their products. They were, for the most part, not secessionists, but they refused to be pressured into furnishing men, material, or allowing the Federal army to march through Virginia to force South Carolina and the other states in rebellion, back into the Union. This book is meant to establish a permanent record of their service and sacrifice for the cause they believed in.
Every effort to complete the muster rolls of all the soldiers of Prince Edward County has been made. Entries are arranged alphabetically, vary in length, and may include (as available): full name, rank and regiment, date of birth, date and place of enlistment, significant dates and places while serving, date of discharge/release/AWOL/WIA/DOW/KIA, height, complexion, eye color, hair color, 1870 census, 1880 census, 1900 census, 1910 census, date and place of death, and place of burial. Some entries list education, transfers, promotions, capture, type of injury or illness, postwar occupation, and/or other related information.
Entries are followed by a brief history of the Farmville Hospital. “The General Hospital at Farmville was organized in...1862 under the supervision of...Dr. H. D. Taliaferro, who was surgeon in charge from its organization to the termination of the war. Its capacity was about 1,200 or 1,500 beds, which were occupied chiefly by cases of chronic disease and convalescents from the hospitals in the cities and others near the field of active operations.” The history is followed by a list of deaths (April 1862–April 1865), which includes the date of death, number, full name of the deceased, regiment/company, cause of death, and property.
A bibliography adds to the value of this work.
Robert J. Driver, Jr.
2022, 8½x11, paper, , 168 pp