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5SGT Groce W Lawrence

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5SGT Groce W Lawrence Veteran

Birth
Texas, USA
Death
6 May 1864 (aged 28)
Wilderness Battlefield, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA
Burial
Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg City, Virginia, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section 14, Row 8, Grave 3
Memorial ID
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Company G, "Grimes County Greys" of Grimes County, 4th Texas Infantry "Hell Roaring Fourth", Medich Battalion, Texas Brigade, Field's Division, 1st Corps, Army Of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.

Enlisted for the duration of the war on 7/19/1861 in Grimes County, TX., he was mustered into Captain Hutcheson's Company, Texas Volunteers, as a Private. (This company subsequently became Company G, 4th Texas Infantry.)
Absent, Sick (Sick in Richmond since 22 Oct.") on Sept & Oct 1861 Roll; returned to duty 11/4/1861.
Fought in bloody, hard Battle of Gaines' Mill, VA., 6/27/1862.
Present on all Rolls until Wounded In Action 9/17/1862 in Battle of Sharpsburg/Antietam.
Listed on Sept & Oct 1862 Roll as Absent, "Sent to Winchester Sick"; appointed 3rd Corporal 10/1/1862.
Listed on Nov & Dec 1862 Roll as Absent, "Sick, and sent to the Hospital at Winchester Oct 5 '62".
Present and listed as 2nd Corporal on Jan & Feb through May & June 1863 Rolls.
POW during the Siege of Suffolk, VA. (April 11-May 4, 1863); Paroled, exchanged 5/13/1863 at Ft. Monroe.
Present and listed as 5th Sergeant on Jan & Feb and March & April 1864 Rolls.
Killed In Action in the Battle of The Wilderness, Va.

The 4th Texas Infantry was one of the three Texas Civil War regiments in the Texas Brigade of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.
The Texans plugged a gap torn in the Confederate line at the battle of the Wilderness, May 7, 1864. Here the regiment took part in the famous "Lee to the rear" episode and suffered 124 casualties (twenty-six killed, ninety-five wounded, and three captured) out of only 207 men engaged. Subsequently, the Fourth was marginally involved in the fighting at Spotsylvania and helped to repel the Union attack at Cold Harbor on June 3, 1864.
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Below is additional info, courtesy of 3x Niece, Tina (#47236987).

Fought at Eltham's Landing, May 7, 1862 and in the Battle at Gaines Mills, June 27, 1862. His regiment fought in the Second Battle of Manassas, Aug. 30, 1862 and the Battle of South Mountain, Sept. 14, 1862.
Fought at the Battle of Fredericksburg, though regiment was not heavily engaged, Dec. 13, 1862.
Fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2-3, 1863.
Transferred (Hood's Division) to the Army of Tennessee, Sept., 1863.
Fought in the Battle of Chickamauga, Sept. 19-20, 1863 and the Battle of Wauhatchie, Oct. 28, 1863. This is the only battle where the 4th was ever forced to retreat.
Returned to Virginia, April, 1864.
"Suddenly gray-clad troops pounded up the plank road from Lee's rear. 'General, what brigade is this?' Lee inquired of an officer. 'The Texan brigade,' came the answer, which told Lee that Longstreet had arrived at last. He jerked his hat from his head and shouted, 'Texans always move them!'"

He was named for his father's friend, Jared Ellison Groce, Texas pioneer.
Prior to the war he proposed to Susanna Shubrick Hayne Pinckney, in Grimes Co., Texas.
"….she fell in love with Groce Lawrence, a vigorous and earthy young man…. It was an honest attachment for both of them, however, and Sue was deeply hurt when her father told Groce that he would rather see his daughter in her coffin than married to him. He said Groce drank too much and was a poor risk as a husband for a delicate, idealistic girl like her." Miss Pinckney later wrote several short stories, at least 2 novels and 2 novelettes under the pseudonym of Miss McPherson. All of her stories included a young Texas hero killed in the war. She never married.
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Company G, "Grimes County Greys" of Grimes County, 4th Texas Infantry "Hell Roaring Fourth", Medich Battalion, Texas Brigade, Field's Division, 1st Corps, Army Of Northern Virginia, C.S.A.

Enlisted for the duration of the war on 7/19/1861 in Grimes County, TX., he was mustered into Captain Hutcheson's Company, Texas Volunteers, as a Private. (This company subsequently became Company G, 4th Texas Infantry.)
Absent, Sick (Sick in Richmond since 22 Oct.") on Sept & Oct 1861 Roll; returned to duty 11/4/1861.
Fought in bloody, hard Battle of Gaines' Mill, VA., 6/27/1862.
Present on all Rolls until Wounded In Action 9/17/1862 in Battle of Sharpsburg/Antietam.
Listed on Sept & Oct 1862 Roll as Absent, "Sent to Winchester Sick"; appointed 3rd Corporal 10/1/1862.
Listed on Nov & Dec 1862 Roll as Absent, "Sick, and sent to the Hospital at Winchester Oct 5 '62".
Present and listed as 2nd Corporal on Jan & Feb through May & June 1863 Rolls.
POW during the Siege of Suffolk, VA. (April 11-May 4, 1863); Paroled, exchanged 5/13/1863 at Ft. Monroe.
Present and listed as 5th Sergeant on Jan & Feb and March & April 1864 Rolls.
Killed In Action in the Battle of The Wilderness, Va.

The 4th Texas Infantry was one of the three Texas Civil War regiments in the Texas Brigade of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.
The Texans plugged a gap torn in the Confederate line at the battle of the Wilderness, May 7, 1864. Here the regiment took part in the famous "Lee to the rear" episode and suffered 124 casualties (twenty-six killed, ninety-five wounded, and three captured) out of only 207 men engaged. Subsequently, the Fourth was marginally involved in the fighting at Spotsylvania and helped to repel the Union attack at Cold Harbor on June 3, 1864.
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Below is additional info, courtesy of 3x Niece, Tina (#47236987).

Fought at Eltham's Landing, May 7, 1862 and in the Battle at Gaines Mills, June 27, 1862. His regiment fought in the Second Battle of Manassas, Aug. 30, 1862 and the Battle of South Mountain, Sept. 14, 1862.
Fought at the Battle of Fredericksburg, though regiment was not heavily engaged, Dec. 13, 1862.
Fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2-3, 1863.
Transferred (Hood's Division) to the Army of Tennessee, Sept., 1863.
Fought in the Battle of Chickamauga, Sept. 19-20, 1863 and the Battle of Wauhatchie, Oct. 28, 1863. This is the only battle where the 4th was ever forced to retreat.
Returned to Virginia, April, 1864.
"Suddenly gray-clad troops pounded up the plank road from Lee's rear. 'General, what brigade is this?' Lee inquired of an officer. 'The Texan brigade,' came the answer, which told Lee that Longstreet had arrived at last. He jerked his hat from his head and shouted, 'Texans always move them!'"

He was named for his father's friend, Jared Ellison Groce, Texas pioneer.
Prior to the war he proposed to Susanna Shubrick Hayne Pinckney, in Grimes Co., Texas.
"….she fell in love with Groce Lawrence, a vigorous and earthy young man…. It was an honest attachment for both of them, however, and Sue was deeply hurt when her father told Groce that he would rather see his daughter in her coffin than married to him. He said Groce drank too much and was a poor risk as a husband for a delicate, idealistic girl like her." Miss Pinckney later wrote several short stories, at least 2 novels and 2 novelettes under the pseudonym of Miss McPherson. All of her stories included a young Texas hero killed in the war. She never married.
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Bio by: BigFrench


Inscription

G.W. LAURENCE
TEX
(Surname misspelled on marker.)

Gravesite Details

Originally buried in corner of Widow Tapp's old field on right.



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  • Created by: BigFrench
  • Added: May 10, 2005
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10942652/groce_w-lawrence: accessed ), memorial page for 5SGT Groce W Lawrence (14 Feb 1836–6 May 1864), Find a Grave Memorial ID 10942652, citing Confederate Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg City, Virginia, USA; Maintained by BigFrench (contributor 46554304).