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John Yates Beall
Birth: Jan. 1, 1835
Charles Town
Jefferson County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 24, 1865
Governors Island
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Civil War Confederate Guerrilla. After receiving a law degree from the University of Virginia, he existed as a farmer in Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia) until the outbreak of the Civil War. He enlisted in Company G. 2nd Virginia Infantry after the fall of Fort Sumter, and was wounded at the Battle of First Manassas. Upon recovery he went west and later moved to Canada. In Canada, he developed a plan to liberate the Confederate prisoners on Johnson's Island. He returned south and tried to obtain approval of his plan by the Confederate authorities. He was commissioned as acting master in the Confederate Navy, but was never assigned a command. Singularly, he began a series of privateering enterprises along the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. He was captured in November of 1863, and imprisoned at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, which led to reprisals by the Confederate government. On May 5, 1864, he was formally exchanged. On his own initiative and without government support, he returned to Canada with his original aim of liberating the prisoners on Johnson's Island. On September 18, 1864, Beall and a small group of men captured the steamers "Philo Parsons" and the "Island Queen". However, he was unable to reach Johnson's Island due to a mutiny within his crew. He was captured in civilian clothing at Niagara, New York on December 16, 1864. He was tried as a guerrilla and hung on Governor's Island, New York on December 24, 1864. (bio by: Steve Corley) 
Family links: 
  Janet Yates Beall (1801 - 1875)
  Mary Y.K. Beall (1829 - 1917)*
  Hezekiah Beall (1830 - 1917)*
  Julia L. Beall (1832 - 1839)*
  John Yates Beall (1835 - 1865)
  George B. Beall (1837 - 1839)*
  Elizabeth Beall Henderson (1842 - 1923)*
  Janet Beall (1846 - 1870)*
*Calculated relationship
Zion Episcopal Churchyard
Charles Town
Jefferson County
West Virginia, USA
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Originally Created by: Steve Corley
Record added: Jan 22, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8304616
John Yates Beall
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John Yates Beall
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My cousin
- June Phillips
 Added: Dec. 1, 2016
I shower your grave with love and affection and give many thanks to the sacrifice that you've made. I offer a Confederate Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis.)
- Rebecca Roberts
 Added: Jan. 22, 2016
Rest in Peace Confederate warrior. Deo Vindice.
- Blockade Runner
 Added: Oct. 10, 2015
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