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Soldier's Notes


Private Benton V. Graves was wounded at the Battle of Gaines Mill, June 1862. He is listed as one of the wounded in The Daily Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia) on June 30, 1862 and his application for a new "wooden leg" is contained in the Virginia Confederate Military Archives of 1882. Family verbal history describes his loss of his leg as a result of being hit by a cannon ball while riding a horse.

Private Frederick Meyer was born in Germany and lived in Richmond, Virginia according to the 1850 Federal Census.

Captain William Graves Crenshaw raised and equipped at his own expense a battery of artillery known as Crenshaw's Battery which was accepted into the Confederate Army on March 14, 1862. Crenshaw resigned his commission on April 15, 1863 to become a purchasing agent for the Confederate government in England. He was born July 7, 1824 in Richmond, Virginia, and married Fanny Elizabeth Graves of Orange County on May 25th, 1847. He died on May 24, 1897 at Hawfield about six months after his wife; both are buried in Hollywood Cemetery at Richmond.

Captain William Graves Crenshaw


Pvt. Samuel Britton, born in Richmond, Virginia, enlisted 3/14/1862 in Richmond, wounded by a piece of shell, in the ankle, at Spotsylvania Court House. Samuel was listed as sick with consumption at Chimborazo Hospital #3 from 7-25-1864 and was listed as on roll until February of 1865. Samuel stated in his pension forms that he surrended in Richmond at the war's end. He died on 5 October 1910 and was buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

Private William J. Hicks enlisted March 1, 1864 in Louisa County, Virginia for the duration of the war. He served in Captain R. T. Elliott's Company and saw service at Chaffin's Bluff, Lindsay's Depot, Bowling Green and Peterburg.While stationed at Peterburg, the company muster roll shows Private Hicks was present for duty March, April, May, June, November, December 1864. His name appears on receipt rolls for clothing July 22, 26, August 29, and October 31, 1864. Private Hicks was wounded February 7, 1865 at the Battle of Hatcher's Run as the Federal Army was encircling Petersburg. He was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital February 10, 1865, and furloughed from there March 7, 1865 for 60 days. The war ended before his furlough was up.



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