Pittsylvania Battery

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Soldier's Notes

Fountain Mills Sibley was the younger of the two sons of Gabriel and Nancy Sibley, and was born in Halifax County, Virginia on August 27, 1846. His older brother, James had worked as an overseer, but died February 2, 1864 when he was only 25 years old, and Fountain was 17. Fountain first fought for the Confederacy later that same year at The Battle of Staunton Bridge, with Col. Henry E. Coleman’s Home Guard Volunteers. Afterwards, he served with Company A of Captain Nathan Penick’s Lt. Artillery Battery (A.K.A. Pittsylvania Artillery Battery), initially as a part of Colonel Charles Richardson’s Battalion, and from September, 1864, as a part of Colonel William T. Poague’s Battalion in the Siege at Petersburg. It was there, on April 2, 1865 that Private Sibley was wounded in his right shoulder. He survived and was present at Lee’s surrender at The McLean House on April 9, 1865. After the war, Private Sibley served on a patrol in Halifax County, led by Captain Robert D. Bass, which policed the freed blacks. Fountain was able to work for over thirty years after the war, mostly as a self-employed merchant trading as F.M. Sibley in South Boston. Rev. J. Davis married Ida Virginia Wilkins and Fountain on December 9, 1879. They had four daughters; Annie Kate, Sally, Mary, & Grace and three sons; Wilkins, Henry, & Louis Malcolm. After 1900, he and Ida moved back to the country, where he farmed and worked as a Peace Officer, or Magistrate in the Mt. Carmel District. Fountain died January 17, 1921, at age 74, and was laid to rest at a family cemetery on what was the Sibley farm west of Turbeville. Ida died March 13, 1931.

 

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