Prince William County
When the Civil War broke out, John Summerfield Andrews, a 23-yr. old practicing physician in Memphis, Tennessee, arranged his personal affairs and headed to Manassas. He arrived there a few days before the Battle of Bull Run and joined the same Alabama regiment in which his brothers, Robert and William, had enlisted. During that battle on July 21, 1861, Billie Andrews was among the first of the Alabamians to fall as a grape shot ripped through his body. Billie's brother, John, caught him as he fell and carried his body back to a safer spot at the battlefield's edge. Billie died quickly, and later would be buried in an unmarked grave on the battlefield. His brother, John, went back to the fight.
A few hours later, a minie ball wounded Robert Andrews in the hand, and John helped his brother back to a sheltered spot that became a field hospital. When Confederate General Bee visited the hospital, he immediately commissioned John as a surgeon and put him in charge of the wounded men of the 4th Alabama Regiment.
After the battle's conclusion, the Confederate wounded were taken to Charlottesville via Culpeper. At the Charlottesville General Hospital, Dr. John determined that Robert's medical condition was grave. Research in Charlottesville General Hospital and 4th Alabama records indicate that his hand wound was the least of his problems as Robert suffered from intestinal bleeding associated with a typhoid fever infection.
Robert's condition grew worse, and it became apparent that unless something miraculous was done quickly, he would soon die. John asked for another surgeon to examine his brother, and Dr. Moon was called in. When John looked up from his seat at his brother's bedside, he was astonished to see a young woman about 24-years old, 5'4" in height with chestnut hair and blue eyes that seemed to look through a person. She wore a simple but expensive dress and displayed a calm and medically competent manner around her patient. John quickly noted that when her face lit up with a smile, sunshine came into the room. There by his wounded brother's bedside, Dr. John Andrews met his future bride, Dr. Oriana Moon.
The two surgeons surrounded Robert Andrew's bed, and after a thorough examination, retired to an adjoining room for consultation. In the absence of anesthetics and with the patient's fever, Dr. Moon advised against surgery, fearing it would hasten the end of this young soldier. John agreed that Dr. Moon's approach was best, that the operation should be deferred. They packed Robert's chest with ice to reduce his fever and provide more favorable conditions for the operation, should it appear feasible. During the night, Robert's condition improved slightly and then worsened. Two days later, Robert died.
Robert Lial Andrews (1806 - 1865)
Mary Druscilla Horton Andrews (1817 - 1852)
John Summerfield Andrews (1837 - 1900)*
Robert P. Andrews (1840 - 1861)*
William H. Andrews (1841 - 1861)
James Andrew Andrews (1842 - 1915)*
Elizabeth Andrews (1848 - 1934)*
Groveton Confederate Cemetery
Prince William County
Created by: Susan Sullivan and John ...
Record added: Jan 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83717593
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