|Death: ||Jul. 23, 1863|
Civil War Confederate Soldier. Major was striving in life as a common farmer before the onset of war in 1861. It was at Charles City Courthouse, Virginia that the twenty-three year old volunteered into the 53rd Virginia Infantry. The day was July 18, 1861. In less than two years later, Binns, a Private in Company K, fell mortally wounded on a grand battlefield on the outskirts of a northern township that he in all likelihood never heard of previous - the borough of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. There on July 3, 1863, a multitude of Confederate eyes peered across a three-quarter mile field toward their awaiting blue-clad enemy. Brigadier Lewis Armistead, the commander of the brigade that the 53rd was assigned, stood before his men to speak: "Men, remember what you are fighting for. Remember your homes and your firesides, your wives, mothers, sisters, and your sweethearts." With that motivation instilled, the command ‘Right shoulder, shift arms, Forward march' was bellowed out and Private Major E. Binns, the farmer-turned-confederate soldier, advanced to meet his tragic fate. The field officer who ultimately led the 53rd Virginia Infantry across that field on that warm summer day reflected later that "every man felt that it was his duty to make that fight… they knew their own power, and they knew the temper of their adversary… and they knew the meeting before them would be desperate and deadly." For Private Binns, it proved the latter. In the midst of a storm of canister shot, bursting shells and whizzing bullets, the southern soldier was felled with wounds to his hand and knee. In vain, a surgeon afterwards performed an amputation of his "upper third femur". Notwithstanding this procedure, Binns, in shattered health, died of his wounds on July 23, 1863 while a patient at Pickett's Division Hospital. His remains was disinterred in 1872 and removed to Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.
Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Jul 08, 2007
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