William Henry Martin

William Henry Martin

Death 4 May 1919 (aged 76)
Burial Gordonsville, Orange County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 22710600 · View Source
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This letter, which was written by Wm. H. Martin to his daughter in 1901, is courtesy of "WMD":

Your letter received with the request for war reminiscences. In the first place I was the second volunteer in my county, which was green . I volunteered in cl. F. 7th Va. Infantry with judge F. M. McMullan as our captain and Jas. L Kemper as our Col. There was sixty five men in our company. The peik [sic.] of the County. We left Standarsville, Green Co. Virginia early in April "61. Our first caming place was Culpepper [sic.] Court House. We stayed there a short while, moving from there to Manassas where we remained until July 18th "61. There we had the first fight. Then on Sunday July 21st "61 there was the big Manassas battle. Our company did not get into the battle until late in the afternoon but when we did we had a hot time until the Yankees gave back just at night. I was wounded a short time after our Co. entered the conflict as well as many others and a number killed. We were left on the field that night, several died of their wounds. It rained during the night as it usually did after a big battle. The next morning several of our Co including myself were put in a four horse wagon and sent back to Manassas, one man dying on the way. I staid [sic.] there a short time and on account of my injuries was sent home. There I staid [sic.] about three months. In the fall I went back to my Co and staid [sic.] with it during the winter. The wound being in my leg had made me unfit for marching so Con. Kemper sent me on to Gen. R. E. Lee's headquarters as Q.M. Sergeant which office I filled until the army left Petersburg. I was sent from there to Richmond in charge of a lot of sick soldiers. I was in Richmond the night before and the day of evacuation. I saw the first eight Union men that came into the City. I was standing on Main St. at the Old Market when they passed. I saw all the big fights and was within a half mile of Gen. Jackson when he was killed by his own men at Chancellorsville he was taken for a Union man and fired on by his own men. That almost ended the war for us. I was in service from "61 to "65 with the exception of the three months that I was wounded. I saw the war from beginning to the end. There are but a few of my Co. living. When I go up to Standardsville I see them and it is a great pleasure for us to get together and talk over our war time experiences. I am as good a Rebel today as I was in "61. I am only sorry I was not of more service to my country. Capt. McMullan is still living. I saw him not very long ago. I guess this is as much as you care to read but there is much more I could relate.

      Hoping to hear from you soon, I am affectionalty your father,

            Wm. H. Martin

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 22710600
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Martin (8 Jul 1842–4 May 1919), Find a Grave Memorial no. 22710600, citing Maplewood Cemetery, Gordonsville, Orange County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by WMD (contributor 46902356) .