Biographical Sketches – CSA

Conrad, Daniel B.

Evans, Nathan G.

Tunstall, W. C.

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17 05 2011
Bob Radford

My forebear, Captain Winston Radford, died in battle at First Bull Run. I hope I can find some details here.

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18 05 2011
Harry Smeltzer

Give me a little more info, like his regiment, and we’ll see what we can do.

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15 09 2015
Jens C. Falster

Capt E.(mund) Winston Radford (age 41), formerly Capt of the 1st VA Cav Regt, VA Militia, was Capt commanding Co G, “The Radford (or Bedford) Rangers” of the 30th Virginia Mounted Infantry, soon to become the 2nd Virginia Cav. His older brother was Col Richard Carlton Walker Radford (39), graduate of West Point and the regimental commander. Both brothers attended VMI. Capt Radford was mortally wounded in the late afternoon fighting, as part of the cavalry charge on the retreating Union forces, particularly on Carlisle’s Btry, U.S Art and the 69th New York Inf. (many prisoners and all the battery guns were captured) The charge continued on and proved costly, attacking between the gap of retreating union columns, and headless of other Bluecoats posted on the woods on either side and of Ayres US Reg Art. Btry now blocking the way. Cannon fire killed and wounded several men and horses and left Radford mortally wounded on the ground close to the Spindle House, where he was later found by Col Joseph B. Kershaw of the 2nd South Carolina Inf. He died soon afterward. There is come confusion as to the company name. It was raised in Bedford County, VA, so this may have been the original designation, though most listings have the company named after Radford who raised it. The similarity of names can be confusing, and if not named for Radford originally it was certainly applied immediately after his death as an honorific..Radford’s death is one of several deaths of sons and brothers lost in the presence of their family, sad anecdotes to the fight..

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5 09 2013
dwight davis

MY GREAT,5 GRANDFATHER WAS JOHN FIZHUGH LAY, ADJ GEN FOR GEN BEAREGUARD, DO YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT HIM??THANK YOU

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8 09 2013
Harry Smeltzer

I don’t have much on him yet. Do you have any other info on him?

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15 09 2015
Jens C. Falster

Captain John Fitzhugh Lay commanded an independent company of Virginia Cavalry at Manassas known as The Powhatan Troop. Raised in Powhatan County in 1860 by Phiip St. George Cocke, its first captain. It later became Co E, 4th VA CAV. Lay would have become captain after Cocke was promoted to Col of the 19th Regt VA Vol. Inf, circa 16 Apr, 1861. Lay was active in the battle and is mentioned in several reports found in the Manassas volume of the Official Records. As part of the 4th VA Cav, the company was soon detached and assigned to Gen Beauregard’s headquarters some time after the regiment’s formation on 4 Sept 1861, but returned to the regiment in Jan or Feb, 1862..On 25 Apr, 1862 Lay was succeeded in company command by Lt. Charles Old (who may have been voted in, and who much later became regimental major) and then by Joseph Hobson, the company’s final captain. If Lay had been voted out or otherwise left the company, he may then have joined Beauregard’s staff, having known each other from HQ escort duty..Many officers voted out of field commands in the 1862 army reorganization did take staff positions. Beyond this I have no further info. You might check the Powhatan County Court House or the county Historical Society for further assistance

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15 09 2015
Jens C. Falster

I do have more info actually. In Robert Krick”s “Staff Officers in Gray” Lay is listed as Capt and AAG to Beauregard, then as Maj and AAIG to Gen D.R.Jones, and later on staffs of Genls Hardee and J. P. Anderson. No dates other than his life (1826-1900)

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16 09 2013
Jim Lomonosoff

My ancestor, Commodore French Forrest owned Clermont Plantation which became a Union hospital after First Manasses after it was occupied by Union troops from theThird Maine and other Union units. Do you have any information about Clermont? Thank you!

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16 09 2013
Harry Smeltzer

Sorry, Jim. I have nothing special on Clermont. Here’s a bit on its use as a smallpox hospital, though:

http://www.freedmenscemetery.org/resources/documents/claremont.pdf

Enjoy!

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15 02 2014
Diann Marsh

I am researching Wilmer McLean because I have read a claim that the Civil War started in the McLean back yard and ended in his parlor, after he moved
to Appotomox Courthouse. His niece, Alice McLean Stahl lived in Galena and has a plaque on the wall of the Grace Episcopal Church here.

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