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July 6, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

 The Battle of Rich Mountain, Part III

During the years of the American Civil War, daily newspapers were filled with sad and terrifying news. On August 1, 1861, Richmond’s The Daily Dispatch printed an article entitled “Care of Disabled Soldiers, Committee for Reception and Accommodation of Sick and Wounded Soldiers,” which included this news about the death of Buckingham County resident George H. Snoddy.

Died. —Three of the Southern volunteers recently arrived here died yesterday.  Their names are given below. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, yet the loss of so many “good men” and true is not the least evil that human wickedness in high places has brought on our fatherland.

George H. Snoddy, a member of the 20th Regiment Virginia Volunteers, died in this city [Richmond] yesterday, at the house of Mr. Edward Wilson. Deceased was a native of Buckingham county, aged about 40 years.  His death was caused by exposure at Rich Mountain.—The body was sent up the canal by packet last evening, to be interred in the family burying ground.

Many thanks to Mary Carolyn Mitton for finding this report.

For more about Buckingham County’s sacrifice at Rich Mountain, visit these posts at Slate River Rambling:

Buckingham County: The Battle of Rich Mountain

Battle of Rich Mountain: Part II

1908: Buckingham County’s Confederate Monument


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