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William Thomas Poague
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Birth: Dec. 20, 1835
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 8, 1914
Lexington City
Virginia, USA

Capt.,1st Rockbridge (Va.) Arty.; Lt.Col., Poague's Arty. Battn.

William is the son of John Barclay Poague and Elizabeth Stuart Paxton. He married Sarah Josephine Moore on 26 Dec 1878 and they had 4 known children: Elizabeth Moore (Francis Marvin Durrance), Robert Barclay, Wm Thos, Jr., and Henry Grigsby. Their 3 sons all graduated from VA Military Institute.

Also check out Gunner with Stonewall: Reminiscences of William Thomas Poague, Lieutenant, by Wm Thos Poague, 1998, ISBN-13: 9780803287532.

11-2010, Wikipedia had so much data on William Poague that I seemed to only confirm, that I decided to use it instead of rewriting it.

"A Confederate States Army officer serving in the Artillery during the American Civil War. He later served as Treasurer of Virginia Military Institute."

"Born in Rockbridge County, Virginia to John Barclay and Elizabeth Stuart Paxton Poague, Poague attended and graduated from Washington College (now called Washington and Lee University). Poague was practicing law in Missouri when the Civil War began."

"Poague returned to Virginia, and entered the Confederate Army as a second lieutenant in the famous Rockbridge Virginia Artillery. Poague was promoted to be that unit's captain by April 1862. With the battery, Poague fought at the battles of First Manassas, Romney, Kernstown, McDowell, and later with the Army of Northern Virginia in the Seven Days Battles, the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, the Battle of Harper's Ferry, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Poague was promoted to major on March 2, 1863. He served as an executive officer to David G. McIntosh at the Battle of Chancellorsville, then was given his own battalion upon the formation of the Third Corps."

"Poague commanded the battalion at Gettysburg, the Battle of Mine Run, Bristoe Station, the Wilderness, the Spotsylvania, the North Anna, and Cold Harbor. Poague's best service to the Confederacy probably occurred at the Wilderness. Poague's battalion was able to hold off Winfield S. Hancock's II Corps on the morning of the second day, firing over the heads of wounded Confederates, long enough for Lt. Gen. James Longstreet to arrive and "save the day." Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill turned to Poague, firing double charges, because things were so desperate that it could not be even delayed to allow wounded Confederates to get out of the way. Hill himself helped man Poague's guns. He was wounded twice at the Battle of Cold Harbor. Poague later took part in the defense of Petersburg, finally surrendering at the Battle of Appomattox Court House."

"After the War, Poague worked as a farmer, teacher, Virginia state legislator, and the treasurer of the Virginia Military Institute under superintendents Francis H. Smith and Battle of New Market hero Scott Shipp from 1884 until his death in 1914. He wrote a set of memoirs entitled Gunner With Stonewall. Poague's papers are collected at VMI. Poague was buried at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Rockwood , Virginia."

Sources:
And Then A.P. Hill Came Up - Biography of William Thomas Poague at www.aphillcsa.com

Web biography from And Then A.P. Hill Came Up.

Poague, William Thomas. Gunner with Stonewall:Reminiscences of William Thomas Poague, Bison Books, 1991, ISBN 978-0-8032-8753-2
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Barclay Poague (1805 - 1864)
  Elizabeth Stuart Paxton Poague (1818 - 1899)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Josephine Moore Poague (1848 - 1910)
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Moore Poague Durrance (1880 - 1908)*
  Robert Barclay Poague (1881 - 1930)*
  William Thomas Poague (1886 - 1943)*
  Henry Grigsby Poague (1889 - 1953)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Thomas Poague (1835 - 1914)
  John Poague (1844 - 1844)*
  Robert Stuart Poague (1845 - 1861)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery
Lexington
Lexington City
Virginia, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Scott Hutchison
Record added: Jan 07, 2005
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