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April 20, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: Confederate Army

Buckingham CSA Canon

Among the Buckingham County-related manuscripts held at the Library of Virginia is a speech given in 1937 entitled “The Contribution of Buckingham [County] to the Confederacy.” Delivered before the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the manuscript is unsigned and attributed to William Shepard.

According to Shepard, during the War Between the States, “Buckingham contributed one troop of cavalry, and five companies of infantry to the Confederate Army. That is some 30 commissioned, 50 non-commissioned officers, and approximately 750 private soldiers.  While the records are not accurate my research leads me to believe that 125 men were killed in battle, another 125 wounded, and 150 captured and held prisoners of war. Roughly one-half were killed, died from exposure and disease, wounded or captured.”

He went on to say, “so far as I have been able to ascertain, no one has traced the history or made a written record of the deeds of these companies.  To name each battle of the War Between the States in which these men participated, would be to enumerate nearly every principal battle fought in the area between Fort Donelson and Gettysburg. “

In 1937, doubtless there was nothing remotely comparable to a complete history written of Buckingham County’s contribution during the war.  Still, as Shepard continued his speech, he shared a wealth of anecdotal material of great interest.  By 2013, even more has been collected and written about the men of Buckingham who fought in the War Between the States.  In the coming months, some of those names and some of their deeds will appear in posts at Slate River Ramblings.


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  1. Mary Roy Dawson Edwards / Apr 21 2013 5:46 pm

    Dear Joanne, Harold E. Howard, the man that created the Regimental Histories Series in the 1980’s and 1990’s, published a book by Patsy and Bill Young on the 56th Virginia Infantry from Buckingham County. Sometimes copies can be found on the website A list of all of Howard’s Regimental History series is extant. There is one also on the 19th Va. Infantry by Ervin L. Jordan, Jr.

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 21 2013 5:49 pm

      Thank you, Mary Roy!

  2. Dave Duncan / Apr 21 2013 4:15 pm

    Thanks, Joanne, for the Slate River Ramblings… !!!

    My gg-grandfather, William Henry Duncan, served with the 19th VA Infantry (Co. D). He was listed as Lt. on a roll of POWs paroled at Farmville (April 1865.) Would love to hear more about Company D, known as the Howardsville Grays, and the men from Buckingham County that served in this company.

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 21 2013 4:23 pm

      Thanks, Dave. There will be more about the Howardsville Grays and other Buckingham Companies. Keep watching….

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