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Cpt Lawrence Meem

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Cpt Lawrence Meem

  • Birth 2 Apr 1836 Lynchburg City, Virginia, USA
  • Death 31 May 1862
  • Burial Lynchburg, Lynchburg City, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 64400073

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◦July 18, 1861: James Meem and the Eleventh involved in Battle at Blackburn's Ford along Bull Run. He observed most of the fighting form a nearby hill. (Memoirs of a Staff Officer, Columbiad, v 3, # 4, p 94)

July 24, 1861: The Eleventh moved from Bull Run to Centreville, Virginia and camped just north of Fairfax Court House. (Memoirs of a Staff Officer, Columbiad, v 3, # 4, p 94)

April 3, 1862: Meem wrote his mother from Camp Taylor near Orange Court House in Virginia. He talked about attending a social at the Taylor's home attended by General James Longstreet, his wife Garland, and Colonel Samuel Garland. Mrs. Longstreet's sadness was mentioned because of the death of three of her children that winter to scarlet fever. (Memoirs of a Staff Officer, Columbiad, v 3, # 4, p 97)

April 12, 1862: The Eleventh Virginia marched to Richmond from New Kent County, Virginia. From there they were shipped down the James River and went ashore at Williamsburg, Virginia and took its place in the Yorktown trenches. (Columbiad, 'Memoirs of a Staff Officer, Winter 2000, v 3, # 4, p 94-95)

May 3, 1862: The Confederate Army under General Joseph E. Johnston began to retreat up the peninsula. (Columbiad, 'Memoirs of a Staff Officer, Winter 2000, v 3, # 4, p 94-95)

May 4, 1862: The army reached Williamsburg Johnston order A.P. Hill's brigade to post in existing earthworks a little more than a mile east of Williamsburg. It was to serve as a rear guard. (Columbiad, 'Memoirs of a Staff Officer, Winter 2000, v 3, # 4, p 94-95)

May 5, 1862: James Meem took part in the Battle of Williamsburg. He was slightly grazed during the confict. (Columbiad, 'Memoirs of a Staff Officer, Winter 2000, v 3, # 4, p 94-95)

May 10, 1862: James Lawrence Meem wrote a six page letter to his father describing the Battle of Williamsburg. General A.P. Hill wrote in his official report after the battle, "the Eleventh Virginia's adjutant "was indefatigable in his endeavors to secure the victory, and aided greatly in the outcome." General A.P. Hill commended Samuel Garland in his official report after the battle. He was promoted to brigadier general and given command of a brigade in Maj. Gen. Daniel Harvey Hill's division. He requested that his friend and brother-in-law James Lawrence Meem again serve on his staff and Meem was quickly appointed his assistant adjutant general and promoted to Captain (Columbiad, 'Memoirs of a Staff Officer, Winter 2000, v 3, # 4, p 94-95, p 105)

Late May 1862: Returned to Lynchburg, Virginia on leave and became engaged to Nannie Rose Garland. Although he spoke to Nannie of surviving the war he told a friend that he did not expect to survive the next battle and asked that his watch be given to Nannie Garland. (Columbiad, 'Memoirs of a Staff Officer, Winter 2000, v 3, # 4, p 94-95, p 105)

June 1, 1862: James Lawrence Meem killed after being shot through the head during the Battle of Seven Pines. During the battle he had two horses shot out from under him. He was buried in a trench by Samuel Garland. Garland's brigade had led the charge and taken the abattis. It was then relieved but Sam and James offered their services to General Hill. It was during this time that Meem was killed. Captain Thomas Goree, Longstreets aide-de-camp, bluntly recalled that, ..." just before the battle commenced, I was riding along with Capt. Meem (Genl Garland's adj) and was laughing heartily at him for lettin his horse throw him. I saw him a few hours afterwards a corpse, shot through the head with a minnie ball." Samuel Garland, perhaps Meem's closest friend and comrade, helped wrap the captain's body in a blanket and bury it in a muddy trench, and there it remained when the Confederates retreated the next day. In his official rreport of the Battle of Seven Pines, Garland paid "the last tribute of respect: to Captain J. Lawrence Meem's memory. "...By his death the service is deprived of a gifted young officer and society of a favorite..." (Columbiad, 'Memoirs of a Staff Officer, Winter 2000, v 3, # 4, p 94-95, p 106)

Post June 5, 1862: James Lawrence Meem's body disinterred and reburied in the Presbyterian Cemetery of Lynchburg next to his sister Eliza and her husband Samuel Garland.

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Who fell at the battle of SEVEN PINES, aged 26 years, 1 mo & 26 days





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  • Added: 19 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64400073
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cpt Lawrence Meem (2 Apr 1836–31 May 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64400073, citing Presbyterian Cemetery, Lynchburg, Lynchburg City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Rebecca Evans (contributor 47327811) .