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Maj George Downs
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Birth: Apr. 7, 1820
Monongalia County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 1899

DOWNS, George

Co. A, 3rd Virginia State Line (Moccasin Rangers).
Enlisted 15 July 1861 in Calhoun Co., Va.

Tried and imprisoned by a Federal court for leading a raid on the Post Office at Ripley, W.Va., 19 Dec. 1861.

Major/Captain, Co. A, 19th Virginia Cavalry.
Born Monongalia Co., W.Va. 7 Apr. 1820. Age 39, miller, Calhoun Co., W.Va.

1860 Census. Captured at Big Bend, W.Va. 2 July 1862. Confined at Parkersburg and Camp Chase.
Sent to Camp Chase as "guerillas, 1st Va. Rangers."
Then age 42, 5' 10', dark complexion, grey eyes, sandy hair, occupation: miller.

Exchanged at Vicksburg Miss. on 22 Nov. 1862.
Re-recruited his command among exchanged prisoners at Vicksburg in early December 1862.
This unit was originally recruited in Calhoun Co., Va. as partisan rangers and was recognized as Co. I Virginia State Rangers.
Called a band of robbers and plunderers on 4 Apr. 1962 when they were stationed at Lewisburg. Greenbrier Co., Va.

This unit was incorporated into the 3rd Regiment, Virginia State Line.
On E. T. Davis' list of Virginia State Line Officers dated 28 Feb. 1863.
Commissioned Captain of Rangers by Gov. John Letcher, 19 Mar. 1863, to rank from 15 July 1861.
Enlisted Williamsburg, Greenbrier Co., W.Va. 1 Mar. 1863. Not stated if present or absent on muster-in-roll dated March 1863.
Appointed Captain 1 Mar. 1863.
Absent, sick, 2 July 1863.
Mentioned for "brave bearing" by Col. W. L. Jackson at the Battle of Droop Mountain, W.Va. 6 Nov. 1863.
Commanding regiment April 1864.
Was one of two men considered for promotion to Major, Feb. 1864. Col. W. L. Jackson promoted him to Major at Warm Springs, 22 Apr. 1864, " on account of his qualifications, his marked gallantry on several occasions, his influence in the Regiment."
Appointed Major 28 June 1864, to rank from 26 Feb. 1864. Accepted the appoinment 18 Aug. 1864.
His appointment was confirmed 5 Jan. 1865.
Absent F&S MR 1 Sep. 1864-31 Oct. 1864.
Wounded Lynchburg, 17 June 1864.
Applied for a furlough at Staunton, 9 July 1864.
Admitted General Hospital No. 1, Lynchburg, there on 14 July 1864, returned to duty.
Absent 25 Oct. 1864, wounded, now on 120 day leave.
Absent 15 Dec. 1864, wounded 19 June 1864, no steps have been taken to replace him;
absent by order of Gen. J. A. Early.

Post war resident of Calhoun Co., W.Va. Age 50, farmer, Center Township, Calhoun County 1870 Census. Age 60, farmer, Lee District,

Calhoun Co. 1880 Census. Post war rosters list him as being a resident of Marion Co., W.Va. Died 18 Mar. 1899. ~wvcalhou/soldiers.htm 
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Parrish Downs (1821 - 1905)*
*Calculated relationship
Sturm Cemetery
Calhoun County
West Virginia, USA
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Record added: Feb 08, 2006
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Maj George Downs
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- Rosa Nutt
 Added: Jan. 22, 2017
The Moccasin Rangers were a Confederate guerrilla company that operated around the headwaters of The Little Kanawha River. The Moccasins were regarded as bushwhackers by many. According to West Virginia Civil War historian Boyd Stutler, they were responsi...(Read more)
 Added: Jul. 10, 2012

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