Pictures of Ancestors

6 camp members have submitted pictures of their CSA ancestors followed by a diary update:

1) Adjutant Joseph Judson Smith submited information on his great-great grandfather, James Jackson, (see picture below) second from left, seated, and his brothers, all Confederate heros.  James Jackson’s war record – From the Montgomery, Alabama, Advertiser of November 18, 1902:

Capt. James Jackson was born on the 4th day of September 1832 and joined the Confederate Army on the 1st day of March 1862 as Capt. of Company E, 45th Alabama, went first to Mississippi, was there at the battle of Shiloh; then to Kentucky and was in all the battles in Tennessee and Georgia; was wounded at Mufreesboro and Atlanta; wounded again at Franklin Tennessee, the day General Cleburne was, killed in which Division he was.  At that time he was acting Major of the Regiment.  He had his sword hilt shot off and the ball went through the fleshy part of his thumb and shot out some of the bones in his wrist.  He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel before the war closed.  He died in Montgomery, Alabama, April 5th, 1895.

Seated, left to right:
1) Dr. Walter Clark Jackson attended CSA wounded 1861 – 1865.
2) Col. James Jackson, Lt. Col, 45th AL Infantry – started as Captain, Co E
3) Dr. Bolling Hall Jackson, Pvt, Florida Inf; transferred to Alabama unit as a lieutenant. Later became a surgeon in the CSA.
4) Col. Washington T. Lary m. Mary Ann Jackson, Lt. Col, 7th AL Cavalry,

Standing, left to right:
1) Capt. Crawford Motley Jackson, 56th Alabama Cavalry.
2) Dr. Absalom Jackson, II, Pvt, 6th AL, Co E
3) William Holt Jackson, Pvt, Semple’s Battery, transferred and became First Sergeant Co A, 1st Alabama Cavalry under Joe Wheeler. Three horses killed under him in combat.

2) Commander James Carlin Becker (Jim) submitted information on his Confederate ancestor Fountain Beattie, his great-great-grandfather, who enlisted on 5-14-1861 in the Washington County Rifles/Militia, which became 2 Company D, First Virginia Cavalry at Abington, Virginia. Fount enlisted with his life long friend, John Singleton Mosby – at that time a lawyer in Abingdon, Washington Co., VA.  They were later to become associated with General Stuart and Fount Beattie was considered one of Mosby’s most trusted men after Mosby became Commander of the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, Confederate States of America (CSA).  When Mosby began his partisan rangers in 1863, Fountain Beattie was one of the original nine (, later becoming 15 members of the Partisans known as Mosby’s Rangers, their numbers grew from that point on with many exciting and successful raids and skirmishes with the Yankees.  Fount and Mosby often stayed at the home of James and Elizabeth Hathaway near the Plains (Western View), in Zula, between Rectortown and Middleburg in Fauquier County, Virginia.  This was the house where Mosby escaped capture by the Yankees by climbing out of the bedroom window and taking refuge on the limb of a large tree while the Yankees vainly searched the house for him.  Fount later married Annie Hathaway on 1/4/1865 and the toast at their wedding was “Here’s to Capt Beattie, so gallant and gay, a rival with Shakespeare for Anne Hathaway.”  Mosby’s men were brave and gallant in everyway, and my acestor fit the bill in spades.  More data at:

3) Ed Trexler submitted the following two pictures of his Great Grandfathers:

1) Pvt. David Franklin Hicks, 4th Virginia Cavalry, Goochland Light Dragoons

2) John Henry Eanes, Powhatan Artillery, 1st Virginia Artillery

4) Jim Whitehead provided the following image of his great-grandfather, James Wyatt Whitehead, Sr.  This photo was taken 1860 in Danville, Va. age 22 (Jim was considered to be his twin as a young man).  James Sr. enlisted in Chatham Grays June 1860. The Grays became Company I, 53rd Virginia Infantry, Armistead’s Brigade, Pickett’s Division, I Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.  He was the third man over the wall behind Gen. Armistead; he was shot 3 times inside the angle, captured and imprisoned at Fort Delaware then sent to Point Lookout, MD and then back to Fort Delaware where he was paroled in 1865 shortly after Appomattox.

5) Paul Walden submitted information on his great-great grandfather, William Manning Jones and his wife, Talithia, taken in the 1890s and who was the basis for his membership in the SCV.

Captain William Manning Jones was born Oct 18, 1815 in Pendleton District (now Pickens County), SC.  He was the grandson of Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in the western part of the state in the mid-1700s.  He enlisted in the 3rd Regiment, 1st SC Reserves at Greenville, SC on Nov 14, 1862, and was stationed at Camp Goldsmith, Pocotaligo, SC until Dec. 31, 1862.  Based on his service records, he mustered out on Dec. 31, 1862.  His brother, Bennett Cooper Jones, was 1st Lieutenant in the same regiment.   Captain Jones died on January 20, 1904 and is buried in the Jones Cemetery, Pumpkintown, Pickens County, SC.  Many of his ancestors still live in the community.

6) Lawrence Edgar Graham submitted the following information regarding his two 1st cousins 5x removed on their father’s side and 3rd cousins 3x removed on both of their mother’s sides of the family, Colonel John Francis Neff (pictured below) and his 1st cousin, Captain Jacob Garber Neff. Lawrence Graham joined the MOS&B Samuel Cooper Chapter with his ancestral link to Captain Jacob Garber Neff. Both Confederate heroes, one under the command of General Stonewall Jackson, the other with General Turner Ashby.

John Francis Neff

Colonel John Francis Neff (pictured above) was the eldest son of John Neff, a prominent Dunker minister in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Born 1834, studied at VMI under Thomas Jefferson Jackson (Stonewall), graduated 1858 (4th of 19). He then practiced law in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and then Memphis after studying law under Judge J. W. Brokenbrough .

When the war began, John Francis Neff moved back to Virginia where he was commissioned Lieutenant and was made Adjutant of the 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment. In the spring of 1862, John succeeded Colonel Cummings as Commander of the 33rd Regiment. During Jackson’s Valley Campaign, he was noticed for his leadership at Port Republic. While in command of the 33rd at the Battle of Second Manassas, against the advice of the regimental surgeon because of illness, John led a charge against the enemy. He was shot dead during that charge. He was said to have been the youngest regimental commander in the Stonewall Brigade. He was killed on the 28th of August 1862 at the age of 27.

Jacob Garber Neff, born 1840, enlisted the 1st of August 1861 at the age of 21, at Orkney Springs, Virginia, in Company K, the 7th Virginia Cavalry (Turner Ashby’s Brigade). He was elected 1st Lieutenant the 30th of November 1861 and appointed the 1st of December, 1861. Jacob was wounded the 2nd of August, 1862, at Orange Court House. He was made commander of Company K in Nov 1862. During Brandy Station, he was put in command of the sharpshooters of the 7th Cavalry on the 9th of June, 1863. He was promoted to Captain on the 13th of September, 1864 “for valor and skill”. Jacob was wounded the 16th of September, 1864, at Brandon Church (left arm, severe). Postwar roster says Jacob Garber Neff was wounded three times, twice severe during the war. After the war, Jacob resided in Shenandoah County as a farmer. He passed away in 1925.

7) Diary update by James Whitehead and his son Jay, see #4 above.

Jim and Jay had a great trip to Gettysburg December 27, 2014 when the temps hit 60 degrees, no wind, no visitors, no cars, no tour buses, no ticks, no leaves; wide open view sheds. We walked the attack route of Barksdale’s Brigade, then over to the angle, then down in to Gettysburg, through Long lane to the Bliss House to the NC Memorial, to the Lee Monument, and back to the start. They walked four miles altogether.  The pic is of James and his son at Armistead’s market next to the copse of trees and beside Cushing’s guns; both of his grandfathers fell here wounded as did cousin Tom Tredway who was killed at this site. Future in-law Dr. Rawley White Martin (he commanded the 53rd in the charge) fell here as did the Grandson of President Tyler, killed carrying the colors over the wall.  The stone wall is immediately behind them, the angle just to the right of son Jay you can see the Lee monument immediately off his elbow in the far distance 4,400 feet away. Cushing’s battery is the camera position. IMG_3921

James Whitehead and his son Jay at Gettysburg

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