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Capt Denison Butler Baldwin
Birth: Aug. 26, 1832
Wytheville
Wythe County
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 8, 1916
Bluefield
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA


Captain Denison Butler Baldwin met Sallie Ward Barns at a house party in 1857. Upon returning to Wytheville, he immediately began making plans to move to Jeffersonville, Virgina (now Tazewell). He moved in 1857 and joined his uncle, William Gibonney, in a merchandising store. Apparently, he accomplished his purpose, for on February 16, 1858, he married Sallie Ward Barns. Their 10 children were all born in Jeffersonville, Virginia. He joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and served as Captain of COD 23 Rb. He returned to the merchandising business. He served as treasurer of Tazewell County from 1866 to 1885. The family moved to Charleston, West Virginia in 1885 and moved again to Bluefield, West Virginia where he opened a Real Estate Office and was a pioneer in the development of Bluefield. He resided at 124 Summers street until his death on August 8, 1916. Captain Baldwin's grandson, William Denison Kelley, remembered that he wore a derby hat, sported a goatee, carried a cane and rode a horse. Also that he helped him win all of his high school debates except one in which he refused his help. On that occasion his grandson, William Denison Kelley, was to debate the merits of the North winning the Civil War.

BIOGRAPHIES OF WEST VIRGINIA CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS
From Confederate Military History, edited by Gen. Clement A. Evans, 1899 Presented by Linda Cunningham Fluharty.

CAPTAIN DENISON BUTLER BALDWIN, of Bluefield, W. Va., one of six brothers who served in the Confederate cause, was born at Wytheville, Va., in the year 1832, He is a descendant of Maj.-Gen. George W. Denison, of the British army, who was stationed at Stonington, Conn., in 1621, and there gave his daughter in marriage to the son of an early settler, Sylvester Baldwin. In July, 1861, Captain Baldwin entered the Confederate service as first lieutenant of Company K, Fifty-first Virginia infantry, Floyd's brigade, and continued in that rank until just before the battle of Fort Donelson, when Company K with several others were organized in a battalion under command of Maj. William P. Cecil, and Baldwin was made captain of his company. At the reorganization in the spring of 1862 he was again elected captain of Company D, Twenty-third battalion, Virginia infantry, commanded by Lieut.-Col. Clarence Derrick, of Washington, D. C. In this rank he continued until the close of the war. In the fall of 1863 he was detailed by Secretary of War Seddon as chief enrolling officer of the Ninth congressional district of Virginia, with headquarters at Abingdon, and his service in this capacity was performed with such fidelity and tact that Maj. James B. Dorman, in command of the camp of instruction at Dublin, Va., asked that Captain Baldwin should be promoted to major and continued upon the detail. Secretary Seddon signified his willingness to order this promotion, but Colonel Derrick protested, desiring to retain Captain Baldwin with the regiment. Consequently he returned to his command in the field in the summer of 1864, and remained with it, on duty in the Shenandoah valley, until the regiment was disbanded by General Echols at Christiansburg, Va., April 16, 1865. During the course of his military career Captain Baldwin participated in many of the daring expeditions and spirited combats on the Virginia border and in West Virginia, including the expedition under General Loring in 1863, and the affairs at Cotton Hill, McCoys, Fayetteville, Montgomery's Ferry, Camp Pyatt, Charleston and Elk River. On one occasion by order of General Echols he crossed the Ohio river at Ravenswood into Meigs county, Ohio, upon a reconnoissance, accompanied only by Capt. Robert Williams. Upon their return they were pursued by twenty Federal cavalrymen, with whom he and his companion had a spirited skirmish at Ripley, Jackson county. While with the western army he participated in the battle of Fort Donelson, and leaving there with Floyd's brigade, took part in the evacuation of Nashville, and was with his brigade at Chattanooga, Murfreesboro and Knoxville, Tenn. During the Shenandoah campaign of 1864 he participated in the fight near Woodstock and the battles of Strasburg, and was field officer at the storming of the breastworks at Cedar Creek. After the close of the war he farmed in Tazewell county, Va., one season, carried on a mercantile business at Tazewell until 1885, and then removed to Charleston, W. Va., and embarked in real estate and insurance, in which he has been engaged since 1888 as a citizen of Bluefield. During his residence at Tazewell he served as mayor and four terms as treasurer of the county. In February, 1858, he was married to Sallie Ward Barns, daughter of William Barns, and they have nine children living: William G., Denison O., Robert M., John M., Albert R., Sallie C., Amanda K., Louisa V. and Bettie L. The five brothers of Captain Baldwin who were in the Confederate service were: David T. Baldwin, a veteran of the Mexican war, who served as a private in Colonel Duncan's regiment at First Manassas, and lost his life in that battle; James H., assistant quartermaster at Wytheville, now living at Pocahontas; Robert G., of Staunton, Va., who, going to California in 1849, organized an expedition in 1854 to revolutionize northern Mexico, was shipwrecked and captured and held as a prisoner twenty-three months at the city of Mexico, and subsequently served as second lieutenant in the Forty-fifth Virginia regiment; William T., of Abingdon, a private of the Wythe Grays, Fourth Virginia regiment, Stonewall brigade, and afterward captain in Beckley's battalion of cavalry; and Albert Haller Baldwin, a private in the Forty-fifth Virginia infantry, who died in the service in September, 1861, a the age of sixteen years.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Denison David Baldwin (1804 - 1855)
  Jane Kyle Gibboney Baldwin (1810 - 1859)
 
 Spouse:
  Sallie Ward Barns Baldwin (1836 - 1919)
 
 Children:
  Robert Moore Baldwin (1866 - 1946)*
  Amanda Kyle Baldwin Duy (1873 - 1956)*
  Levicia Virginia Baldwin Kelley (1875 - 1908)*
  Albert Haller Baldwin (1877 - 1926)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
D.B. Baldwin
Capt.Co.D 23rd VA
Bat. Inf. C.S.A.
Aug 26, 1832
Aug 8, 1916

 
Burial:
Maple Park Cemetery
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA
Plot: H25
 
Created by: Bridget Kelley-Dearing
Record added: May 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14354725
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My 2nd Great Grandfather
- Bridget Kelley-Dearing
 Added: Jul. 6, 2013
Rest in peace.
- Wayne L. Osborne
 Added: Sep. 29, 2012

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