Pamunkey River

Pamunkey River
The Pamunkey River in 1864

Roster of Co. B., 53rd Virginia Infantry, The Barhamsville Greys (Grays)-- Under Construction

some abbreviations used:
appt.  =  appointed
capt.  =  captured
det.    =  detached
dis.    =  discharged
disab. =  disability
exch.  =  exchanged
occu.  =  occupation
pris.   =  prisoner
wd.    =  wounded


on roster* = the individual appears on the company roster at the Library of Virginia but I could find no information on them in the papers of those said to be enlisted in the company.


Number in parenthesis is age at enlistment



 Commanding Officers
1. Capt. James Richardson - elected Oct 1859- discharged May ‘62(roster uses phrase “thrown out”) 

2. Capt. James Madison Sanders -elected from 1st Sgt. To Capt. May ‘62; wd. Malvern Hill- died Oct. ‘62 

3. Capt. James B. Timberlake - 3rd. Lt; elected to 1st Lt. May ‘62; promote to Capt. Oct. ‘62; wd. Suffolk, Va. 13 Apr. ’63-died hosp. Petersburg, Va. 19 Apr. ’63. 

4. Capt. William H. Bray – (VMI ’61) enlisted Suffolk, Va. Apr. ’62 in Co. D. (Old Dominion Riflemen); promoted 3rd Lt. Co. E July ’62; appt. 1st Lt. Mar. ’63; prom. Com. Co. B July 1 ’63; taken pris. Gettysburg July 3 ’63- died from wounds July 14. Posthumous Capt. 

5. Capt. Robert A. Bright - orig. Peninsula Light Artillery; on Staff of Gen. Pickett at Gettysburg; appt. 1st Lt. Oct. ’63; appt. asst. adj. Gen. Oct. ’63 (bio: https://uvastudents.wordpress.com/page/18/?pages-list) 



Officers- other 
6. Boswell, William T., - elected from 5th Sgt. to 2nd Lt. May 1862; promoted to 1st Lt. Oct. ’62; resigned same month (letter). 

7. Jones, William Daniel, 1st Lt. - elected Oct 1859; “thrown out” election May ’62. 

8. Richardson, Sylvester H., 2nd Lt. - elected from 3rd Sgt. To 3rd Lt. May ’62; promoted 2nd Lt. Oct. ’62; capt. July 3 ’63; Held for duration. 

9. Timberlake, George A., Lt.* -appt. “from ranks” to 1st Sgt. May ’62; transferred to Co. E same month; capt. Mar 3 ’64 by Gen. Kirkpatrick’s Cav. “Barnesville.” 

10. Williams, John C., 1st Lt.-listed on roster but with question mark 

11. Williams, John R., 1st Lt.- elected Oct ’59; enlisted May 11, ’61; det. “officer of the Picket guard at the Sand Box” Dec ‘61; “discharged, released from service by reason of not being elected 5 May 1862”- succeeded by W.T. Boswell 


NCO's 
12. Bingley, James A. (22) - enlisted May 11, ’61; died of Typhoid Sep 20 ’62(Jefferson, Culpepper Co.)(“mechanic”)listed as 4th Cpl. Apr. ’62, Priv. thereafter 

13. Boswell, Walter H., Sgt. (21) - enlisted May 11, ’61; elected 5th Sgt. May ’62; Died of Wounds received Malvern Hill; (born James C.) 

14. Gilliam, West M., Cpl. – enlisted Jun 4, ’61 West Point; elected 3rd Cpl. May ’62; prom. 2nd Cpl. Oct 15, ’62; prom. 1st Cpl. Dec 23, ’62; prom. 4th Sgt. Jan 1, ’63;  
15. Hockaday, James H., Sgt. (30)- enlisted May 11, ’61; 2nd Sgt.; elected 3rd Sgt. May ’62; promoted from 3rd Sgt. to 2nd Sgt. Oct ’62; capt. July 3 ’63; ex. Feb ’65; 

16. Hockaday, John R., Sgt. (22) - enlisted May 11, ’61; Priv. elected to 4th Sgt. May ’62; promoted to 3rd Sgt. Oct ’62; promoted to 1st Sgt. Dec ’62; (orig. enlist. B.B. Jones’ Co. of Cav. Feb ’62) 

17. Jennings, Ahaz, Cpl. (21) - enlisted May 11, ’61; elected 1st Cpl. May ’62; AWOL Feb ’63; listed as deserter July roll; listed as confined by Provost May 12 ’63; sent to Ft. Monroe(NB letter describing desertion) 

18. Jennings, William G. Cpl - enlisted May 11, ’61;on Nov ’62 rolls starts appearing as 4th Cpl. ; capt. Mar 2 ’64( 3rd Cpl.); “captured by Gen. Kilpatrick’s cavalry- New Kent C.H.”; exch. Sep ’64; 

19. Mitchell, John R., Sgt.- on roster* 

20. Richardson, Augustine, Sgt. (18) - enlisted Jul 18, ’61; det. commissary Sgt. Apr ’62; elected 1st Sgt. May ’62; died Dec 23 ’62 hosp. Gordonsville “Typhoid fever”(occu. “clerk”)(NB letters discussing estate) 

21. Timberlake, James W., Cpl. (36) - discharged Aug. ’62 for being “over 35 and refusing to re-enlist” detailed to Commissary Dept. at Camp Lee as Privt. 

22. Timberlake, Robert L., Cpl. (44) - enlisted May 11, ’61; AWOL Jun ’62; discharged Aug. ’62 for being “over 35 and refusing to re-enlist”(born James C.) 

23. Tyree, George A., Cpl.- on roster* 

24. Sweeney, Stephen B., Cpl.- enlisted May 11, ’61;AWOL Dec 21- Jan 7 ’63(court martial); shows up on late ’64 pay list as Cpl.; capt. Apr 1 ’65; 

25. Willis, John T. – capt. Apr 1, ’65 ”Five Forks” listed as Sgt. 

26. Woodward, Roland (Rowland) H., Sgt.  - enlisted May 11, ’61; elected 4th Cpl. May ’62; prom. 3rd Cpl. Oct ’62; prom. 5th Sgt. Dec 62; capt. July 3, ’63; capt.(again) “White House” Mar 22 ’65; [NB listed as “paid Mar 19 ’65”on list of exchanged prisoners- possibly exchanged early ’65 returned to New Kent and immediately captured by Sheridan’s cavalry Mar 22 and confined again until taking oath in Jun ‘65]


Privates 
27. Aaron, Joseph B. - enlisted Apr ’62 Suffolk; paroled at Appomattox 

28. Blankenship, William W.(32) - enlisted Apr ’62 Suffolk; wd. Foot July 3 ’63, capt.; capt. Apr 6 ’65;(Danville listed as residence)

29. Burnett, Payton A. (35) - enlisted May 11, ’61; det. w/ Ambul. Corp; dis. Aug ‘62(“over 35 and refusing
to re-enlist”)

30. Butler, Thaddeus J. - enlisted May 28, ’61(Williams Store); parole says place of residence “Dinwiddie”)

31. Caul(Cawl), William T. - enlisted May 11, ’61; “deserted his company on or about 

28 May 63, near Hanover Junction”; listed as confined by Provost June 6 ’63; NB see Caul(Cawl), Lewis, of Co. E 

32. Daniel, J. W. - on roster*

33. Daniel, J.H.S. - could be duplication

34. Daniel, R.A. - could be duplication

35. David, J. W. - could be duplication

36. David, Robert A. - enlisted Apr ’62 Suffolk; “Syph.” Jun ’62; det. service Apr ’63; AWOL May 10- ; listed “as deserted this company at Falling Creek” on roll dated Oct 1, ‘63

37. David, R. H. - could be duplication

38. David, James H.S. - enlisted Apr ’62 Suffolk; AWOL May 10- ; “arrested brought back 16 Nov ‘63”; capt. “Hanover” May 24, ’64; sent to Elmira NY; (place of residence listed as “Liberty, Va”)

39. Davis, Peter – enlisted July 20 ’61 “Ft. Powhatan”(others say Dinwiddie); “Forfeit one cent of his pay by sentence of court martial” roll dated Jul 25 ’63; capt. July 3, ‘63

40. Dodson, Whitman C. - enlisted Apr ’62 Suffolk; AWOL Oct 31- ongoing; listed deserted- widow Martha Dodson makes claim Sep ‘64

41. Drake, James T.- on roster*

42. Eames, James L. – appt. A.C.S. Dec ‘62(Acting Commissary of Subsistence)

43. Elliott, T. J. - enlisted Apr ’62 Suffolk; listed as “deserted July 25 ’63 but present Sep ’63;

44. Farinholt, John L. - enlisted May 11, ’61; dis. for dis. May 2 ‘62

45. Filbates, William, Jr. (36) - enlisted May 11, ’61; dis. Aug ‘62(“over 35 and refusing to re-enlist”)

46. Garrett, John J. ( ) - enlisted May 11, ’61; trans. to Co. E. May 62

47. Gibbs, W. S. – on roster*

48. Greer, Charles P. – enlisted Apr 20, ’62 Suffolk; “deserted conscript never reported”; brought in under guard May ’63; deserted Dec 1 ’63-“dropped from rolls”

49. Hagerty, Daniel R. - enlisted May 11, ’61; trans. to Co. E. May 62

50. Hawkins, T. H. - enlisted May 22, ’61 Dinwiddie; AWOL Dec ’62; wd. July 3, ’63;

51. Hazlewood, J.R., (38) – enlisted Jul 8, ’61 West Point; dis. Aug ‘62(“over 35 and refusing to re-enlist”) (born James C.)

52. Hazlewood, James M. - enlisted May 11, ’61; dis. for dis. May ‘62

53. Hazlewood, Peyton A. - enlisted May 11, ’61; det. ambul. driver Mar ’62- Apr ’63- probably continued as such at least through ‘63; capt. Apr 1, ’65 “Five Forks”

54. Hazlewood, Summers R. - enlisted May 11, ’61; dis. for dis. Apr 15, ‘62

55. Hazlewood, T. – on roster*

56. Hicks, Andrew S., (22) - enlisted May 11, ’61; det. cook May- Oct ’62; 3rd Cpl. starting Nov ’62; admit. Hosp. wd. hand from shell Dec ‘62; 2nd Cpl. starting spring ’64; capt. Apr 1 ’65 “Five Forks”; Oath Pt Lookout Jun ‘65(residence listed as Richmond)

57. Hockaday, Richard C. (42 ) - enlisted May 11, ’61; det. ambul. driver Mar ’62; dis. Aug ‘62(“over 35 and refusing to re-enlist”)

58. Hockaday, William O., (36 ) - enlisted May 11, ’61; dis. Aug ‘62(“over 35 and refusing to re-enlist”)

59. Hockaday, Zackariah P. - enlisted May 11, ’61; det. teamster Mar- Aug ’62; listed as deserted Jul 23 ‘63

60. Hogwood, Jno. - enlisted May 22, ’61 Dinwiddie; fall ’63 court martial; capt. Apr 1, ’65 “Five Forks”;

61. Hogwood, Joseph T. - enlisted May 22, ’61 Dinwiddie; AWOL 10 days Feb ’63; capt. July 3, 63; exch. May 3, ’64;

62. Howles, Isaac H. – enlisted Jun 7, ’61 West Point; det. “wagon driver” ”teamster” Mar-Dec ’62; AWOL Mar 20-25 ’63; (NB records show discharged from Pamunkey Rifle in Jul ’61 for “dislocated wrist”)

63. Hudgins, B. P. - roster *( a B.P. Hudgins listed in Co. G.)

64. Hudson, William T. – enlisted May 22, ’61 Dinwiddie; court martial fall ’63; list of paroled prisoners Farmville Apr ‘65

65. Hundley, H.B. – enlisted Apr ’62 Suffolk; listed as assigned to Co. E. “never reported”; on roster *

66. Jones, Burwell B.- on roster *

67. Jones, Lewis A. - enlisted May 11, ’61; transferred to Co. E. May ‘62

68. Jones, William T. - enlisted May 11, ’61; det. Hosp. July ’62;AWOL May 15- July 25 ’63; det. Chimborazo Hosp. NB furlough letter ‘63

69. Mitchell, John E.- (23) discharged May ’62 with “St. Vitus dance”

70. McKinney, J. S. – on roster*

71. Nicholas, J. R. – on roster*

72. Rawlings, E. J. – on roster*

73. Richardson, Andrew P. - on roster*

74. Richardson, William N. - enlisted May 11, ’61; roll dated Feb ’63 “deduction of 1 month’s pay by sentence of court martial”; AWOL May 8- still listed so in Oct, but absent w/ leave Nov; listed as “deserter came in Federal lines at Yorktown” Jan 17 ’65; took Oath Jan 29 ‘65

75. Richardson, William W. - enlisted Jul 18, ’61- Co. E.; trans. Co. B. May ‘62; died Jan 6, ’63- Gen. Hosp. 2 in Lynchburg(NB widow listed as Anne E. Richardson)

76. Robbins, Daniel – enlisted Jul 18, ’61- Co. E.; trans. Co. B. May ‘62; “wd. slightly in foot” Malvern Hill;capt. July , ’63; died July 29, ’63- “gunshot in back, bullet lodged”

77. Robbins, James P., (20) - enlisted May 11, ’61; capt. wd. July 3, ’63; died July 20 ’63 – “amputated leg”

78. Robbins, William - enlisted May 18, ’61; died June 26, ’62 “Typhoid fever” South Carolina Hosp. in Petersburg

79. Slater, Overton G. – on roster*

80. Smith, William M. - enlisted May 11, ’61; detailed Ord. Dept. Mar ’62; detailed carpenter duties Dec- Feb ’64 Kinston NC; detailed brig. wheelwright Apr 64; paroled Appomattox

81. Tate, John W.- enlisted Jan ’64 Kingston NC; paroled Appomattox

82. Taylor, James R.

83. Taylor, Oliver F.(35)- enlisted May 11, ’61; dis. for physical disab. Mar ’62; (“profession a dentist”) (born James C.)

84. Timberlake, Albert (28)- enlisted May 11, ’61;AWOL Apr-May ’63(court martial); died Mar 29 ‘64(smallpox)

85. Timberlake, Benj. N. (28)- enlisted May 11, ’61; trans. Co. E. May ’62;

86. Timberlake, John F. - on roster*

87. Timberlake, John M.- enlisted May 11, ’61; det. w/ Ambul. Corp; dis. Aug ‘62(“over 35 and refusing to re-enlist”)

88. Tosh, Josiah (24)-enlisted Apr ’62 Suffolk; wd. “right hip,”capt. July 3 ’63; returned by Sep ’63;
capt. Apr 1 ’65 NB possibly from Pittsylvania Co.

89. Tosh, Winbourne R.- enlisted Apr ’62 Suffolk; capt. Apr 1 ’65 NB see above

90. Tyree, David A.(31) – dis. for physical disab. May ’62; enlist Camp Lee Jan ‘63($50B);AWOL Jun-Aug ’63;present again Sept ’63;

91. Tyree, John – on roster*

92. Tyree, Richard T.(34) – dis. for physical disab. Apr ’62(“Rheumatism and repeated hemorrhages from the lungs”;

93. Vaughan, J. O. – listed on roster for B., papers say E.

94. Vaughan, James W.- enlisted May ’62 Dinwiddie; POW Apr ‘65(“rebel deserter”)

95. Walls, James W.- on roster*

96. Walls, Robert B., (45) – enlisted May 11, ’61; dis. Sep ‘62(“over thirty five”)(born James C.)

97. Wells, Alfred J., - enlisted May 22, ’62 “Dinwiddie”; paroled at Appomattox

98. Williams, Beverly W., - enlisted May 11, ’61; prom. 4th Sgt. Oct ’62; AWOL Dec 24- Jan 7 ’63; reduced to ranks Jan ’63; Killed July 3, ‘63

99. Williams, Isham E., (26) - enlisted May 11, ’61; “Died in hospital in Staunton, Va on the 27 Nov 1862””typhoid”;

100. Williams, William A., (27) – enlisted May 29, ’61; dis. for dis. “rheumatism” Sep 15 ‘62

101. Woodward, Robert A., (22) - enlisted May 11, ’61; dis. for dis. May 3, 62- “unfit to perform any of the duties of a soldier as he cannot understand any of the commands or hear the approach of an enemy while on guard"

102. Woodward, William H.

103. Yates, Robert C., (23) – enlisted May 11, ’61; May- June ’62 “detailed to guard Gen’l’s baggage”; Sep- Oct ’62 “detailed cook”; dis. Dec ’62 at request of mother to Sec. of War letter.(born James C.)


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