Pvt Randolph Cary Fairfax

Pvt Randolph Cary Fairfax

Birth
Alexandria City, Virginia, USA
Death 13 Dec 1862 (aged 20)
Fredericksburg City, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Plot Section F; Lot 16
Memorial ID 10306586 · View Source
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1st Rockbridge(Va.)Arty. KIA by shell fragment.
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He was a student at U.Va. when he enlisted.
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He was killed in action on 13 Dec. 1862 in the 1st Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.
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From The Library of Virginia:
Fairfax family. Papers, 1777-1864 (bulk: 1861-1862).
Accession 31308. 262 pages. In part, photocopies.
Papers, 1777-1864, of the Fairfax family of Alexandria, Virginia, consisting of letters from Randolph Fairfax (1842-1862) and Ethelbert Fairfax (1845-1907) to their family describing their service in the Confederate artillery and signal corps during the Civil War and camp life, as well as family and social news.
Randolph describes the excitement at the University of Virginia at the Civil War's outbreak and Virginia's secession; his decision to enlist; the first battle of Manassas.
His participation in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862, the Peninsular Campaign, and the 1862 Maryland Campaign.
Randolph's letters conclude with the campaign leading up to the battle of Fredericksburg, and the last letter was written the day before he was killed in that battle.
He also comments on various Confederate generals, including Stonewall Jackson (1824-1863).
Elthelbert comments on the campaign between Confederate and Union troops from May to September 1864, culminating in the siege of Petersburg, Virginia.
He also comments on his division's assignment to Wilmington, North Carolina, in December 1864.
Also includes notes by Ethelbert on the 1864 Spring campaign's battles from the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House to Cold Harbor and Petersburg.
Also a letter from Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) to Mary R. Fairfax, Ethelbert's mother, concerning a possible promotion for Ethelbert.
Papers also includes a pass, 1 October 1777, signed by George Washington (1732-1799) allowing Bryan Fairfax and his son Thomas Fairfax to pass through American lines on their way to New York, New York.


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  • Created by: Scott Hutchison
  • Added: 11 Jan 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10306586
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Randolph Cary Fairfax (23 Nov 1842–13 Dec 1862), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10306586, citing Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Scott Hutchison (contributor 46635174) .