|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1862|
Sgt. Samuel T. Face was born in Elizabeth City County, VA (now the City of Hampton) to Samuel Face (1811-1855) and Elizabeth Wilbern Face (1815-1890).
Samuel T. Face and his brother William A. Face both enlisted in what would become the Confederate States Army on May 14, 1861, nine days before the Ordinance of Secession was ratified by referendum. Both of the brothers attained the rank of Sergeant in Company E, 32nd Virginia Infantry and both would die during the course of the war.
Samuel T. Face was killed on the bloodiest day of the War Between the States, September 17, 1862.
Serving as part of Longstreet's Command, Semmes' Brigade, McLaws' Division, the 32nd Virginia reached the western suburbs of Sharpsburg at sunrise on the 17th and halted until nearly 9 AM, when it advanced across the fields, in support of Stuart's Cavalry, north and west of Houser's house. In the general advance of of McLaw's division, it was on the left of the line, and encountered the Federals in the northern part of the West Woods, forcing them to retire beyond the Nicodemus House.
Near this point, its advance was checked by Federal artillery east of the Hagerstown Road. After severe losses, it was withdrawn and placed as a reserve in Barksdale's Brigade in the western edge of the West Woods, where it remained until the night of the 18th, when it re-crossed the Potomac.
Writing in "The Home Bulletin" of the Hampton, VA Soldiers Home on July 10, 1886, an unnamed Confederate veteran and a resident of Hampton recalled:
"The 17th we could hear the booming of cannon which proved to be the battle of Sharpsburg. The infantry... were hotly engaged, the 32nd Infantry mostly of the Peninsula Companies did gallant fighting being attached to McLaw's Division, who fought near Dunkard Church. I felt that I might be able to render some service at the battlefield, so on the 18th of Sept. morning, I crossed the Potomac and a five mile march brought me there. I soon found the ground occupied by the 32nd, also found many of my old friends dead among them were Elijah Benjamin, Lt. James Dye, Lt. Mony Wynne and Sgt. Samuel Face. Sam had crawled to a rock and was in a sitting position, his back against the rock, he was looking westward."
Washington Confederate Cemetery
Created by: Brad Face
Record added: Jan 13, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13017503
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