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The Civil War - Virginians

This page includes people on the family tree from Virginia.


     You can view Pension Applications for Virginia on line at the Library of Virginia. Most of the family here are from Loudoun County, near and around the area known as "Mosby's Confederacy"; several fought in his well-known guerrilla unit of Rangers. A young Thomas F. Lansdale from Maryland also fought in this unit. The 8th Virginia Regiment, in which several others here served, was also largely from Loudoun County.

Lt. Col. Charles Marshall was a trusted military secretary and an aide for General Lee throughout the war; he was the brother-in-law of Maj. Charles Alexander Snowden from Maryland.

Capt. James K. Ball fought in Virginia with the 9th Virginia Cavalry. He married into the Iglehart family from Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.

John Hickey is said to have died at Second Manassas in August of 1862. His brother-in-law William James Hixson fought in the 49th Virginia Infantry. William's brother, George Washington Hixson, fought in the 15th Virginia, and fought in Mosby's Rangers briefly at the end of the War.

Three other Hixson brothers also fought. Levi Hixson (who as with his brothers was first cousin to William J. and George W. Hixson) fought in the 15th Virginia and was a member of Mosby's Rangers. Family history says that Robert Wallace Hixson fought in the war, and his name also appears in the roster of Mosby's Rangers. Their brother Felix Grundy Hixson, who fought in the 17th Virginia, died in 1862.

Lt. Benjamin R. Hutchinson fought in the 57th Virginia Cavalry. He was apparently one of six brothers who fought for the Confederacy, though this remains to be documented. His brother John Hutchinson fought in the 8th Virginia Regiment, moving from Private to Sergeant during the War. Family history say that another brother, Julian Hutchinson, was a courier for Gen. Stonewall Jackson. And another brother, William Oscar Hutchison, fought for Texas.

The Simpson family lived in Loudoun Co., Virginia. Capt. James R. Simpson served as a commander of Company I of the 8th Infantry Regiment of the Army of Northern Virginia. (He died in 1862, but I don't as yet know how.) Many other Simpson relatives from the area served in the same regiment, and even the same company, including his younger brothers Lt. Henson Simpson and Lt. John H. Simpson, and also Pvt. James C. Vansickler and John Holmes. Charles A. Holmes, John's brother, served in the 7th Cavalry.

James Franklin Gulick, another Simpson relative, served in Mosby's Virginia Cavalry. He was captured in May of 1863, so he was apparently an early member of the unit, which was only formed that spring.

Sgt. Bushrod Skillman, also from Company I of the 8th regiment, was apparently killed June 27, 1862, at Gaines' Mill, Virginia, in the Seven Days Battles. There are several Skillmans (or Skilmans) who served in this regiment, and some who were cousins served for the U.S. in New Jersey regiments—this Skillman family had moved from New Jersey to Northern Virginia during the late eighteenth century. See S298 for a complete family history.

Linked toCapt. James Kendall Ball, Jr.; James Franklin Gulick; John Hickey; Felix Grundy Hixson; George Washington Hixson; Levi W. Hixson; Robert Wallace Hixson; William James Hixson; Charles A. Holmes; John W. Holmes; Lt. Benjamin Hutchinson; John Hutchinson; Julian Hutchinson; Col. William Oscar Hutchison; Lt. Col. Charles Marshall; Lt. Henson Simpson; Capt. James Richard Simpson; Lt. John Hendley Simpson; Bushrod Washington Skillman; Maj. Charles Alexander Snowden; James Archibald Strain; John Allen Strain; James Craven Vansickler

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