|Birth: ||Dec. 3, 1844|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1918|
West Virginia, USA
Founder of the Vickers Wagon Works in Charleston, West Virginia.
From Confederate Military History, ed. Gen. Clement A. Evans, 1899 :
"JAMES W. VICKERS, commander of Stonewall Jackson camp, Charleston, W. Va., was born in Pulaski county, Va., in 1844, the son of Harrison Vickers, a worthy citizen of that county, who was several times on active duty during the Confederate war as a member of the home guard.
Commander Vickers entered the service of Virginia in April, 1861, as a private in Company C, Fourth Virginia infantry, and in the following July was in battle at Manassas under the brigade command of Gen. T. J. Jackson, doing his part as one of a brave and well-disciplined command in checking the Federal advance, winning a glorious victory for the South, and earning the immortal title of Stonewall for general and brigade.
He also participated in the great Valley campaign under Jackson, fighting at Kernstown, McDowell, Cross Keys and Port Republic, and was yet with the great leader through the Seven Days' campaign and the battles of Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Chantilly, Harper's Ferry, Sharpsburg, Williamsport, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.
Subsequently, under the division command of Gen. Edward Johnson, in the Second corps, he participated in the battles of Gettysburg, Mine Run, and the death grapple in the Wilderness and at Spottsylvania, until on that fateful May morning when Johnson's division was surprised and overwhelmed by Hancock's corps, he was among the prisoners of war. He was sent to Point Lookout, and three months later was started for the Elmira prison, N. Y.
But preferring any risk to longer confinement, he made a daring escape when something over a hundred miles west of New York. jumping from a window of the railroad coach. He managed to avoid detection, returned to New York city, and found employment on a railroad in Pennsylvania. As soon as he had earned sufficient money he purchased two suits of clothes and a supply of tobacco for comrades whom he had left on his escape, and forwarded them to Elmira, and with the remainder of his earnings made his way to New York and Washington, and through the Federal lines to Manassas Junction.
Then on foot he started out in search of his command, going to Charlottesville, thence to Lynchburg, and finally rejoining the remnant of his brigade on the lines before Petersburg early in the winter of 1864. He continued in active service throughout the remainder of the siege, fought at Sailor's Creek on the retreat, and was paroled at Appomattox.
Since the war he has busied himself in his trade of carriage manufacturer, at Newbern, Va., until 1879, and since then at Charleston, where he is a respected and influential citizen. He has served with credit upon the city council.
In 1867 he was married to Alice, daughter of Hiram Haney, who died, leaving one daughter, May, His second marriage occurred in 1881, to Victoria Grayum, and they have six children, Estelle, Grayum, John, Bertie, Virginia and Ruth."
Harrison Vickers (1821 - 1904)
Zerelda I Bateman Vickers (1824 - 1911)
Laura Virginia Grayum Vickers (1856 - 1949)
Bertie Vickers Kutschbach (1888 - 1953)*
William Thomas Vickers (1843 - 1901)*
James Wall Vickers (1844 - 1918)
Samuel A. Vickers (1848 - 1919)*
Hattie Vickers Cecil (1867 - 1965)*
Spring Hill Cemetery
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Dave Davisson
Record added: Mar 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86673866