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burg and Pikesville, Ky., in the winter of 1862, and until the dis-
bandment of the State line in April, 1863. He was then elected
and commissioned first lieutenant of Jackson's battery of horse
artillery attached to Jenkins' cavalry brigade. With this com-
mand he fought in the action near Harrisburg and the battle of
Gettysburg in 1863, and at Hanover Junction, Totopotomoy, Sec-
ond Cold Harbor, Lynchburg, New Market, Lewisburg, Droop
Mountain, Winchester and Fisher's Hill, in 1864. At the time
of the surrender of the army his battery was stationed in south-
west Virginia with Johnson's battery, and they remained organ-
ized, not being aware of the condition of affairs, until a week or
more after April 9th. At Gettysburg Lieutenant Woods was slightly
wounded by a shell, and at Second Cold Harbor he received a
scratch from a minie ball, but neither injury required him to leave
the field. Since the close of hostilities he has been prominent in
the legal profession, has served for twenty-seven years as attorney
for the commonwealth in Albemarle county, for four years has
been a member of the board of visitors of the university of Vir-
ginia, and has filled many positions of trust and honor in the
State. He has always been highly regarded by his old comrades
in arms. In 1883 he was elected captain of the old "Monticello
Guards," of Charlottesville, who made a gallant record in Pickett's
division, and he has been one of the foremost in the organization
of the Confederate veterans. He was commissioned in 1893 as
brigadier-general of the Second brigade in the Virginia division
of United Confederate veterans, and as such has commanded a bri-
gade of veterans in the great veteran assemblages at Richmond,
Nashville and Atlanta. Besides holding this position in the
United Confederate Veterans' association, he is now the com-
mander of the John Bowie Strange camp, C. V., at Charlottes-
ville, Va.

Lindsay Woodson, of Albemarle county, in the time of trial was
faithful to Virginia, and his family added new deeds of lustre to
the honorable record of the lineage which began in America with
the coming of Dr. John Woodson to Virginia in 1624. An ances-
tor in the Revolutionary period, Tarleton Woodson, served as a
major in the continental army, and while on duty in New York
was captured by the British. In the same State he was married,
and after the war he made his home in Prince Edward county,
Va., and became prominent in public affairs, frequently represent-
ing his county in the State legislature, and serving as major-gen-
eral of State militia. Another ancestor, Silas Woodson, held the
office of governor of Virginia. Samuel Hughes Woodson, of the
Kentucky branch of the family, served in Congress from 1821 to
1825. Many other positions of honor have been held by mem-
bers of the family, which is one of the most distinguished- in the
land. It/ is connected also with other famous families. The mother
of Thomas Jefferson was Jane Woodson, and there are close con-
nections with the Randolphs and Tuckers of Virginia. Lindsay
Woodson married Pemelia Kinsolving Garland, daughter of Clif-
ton Garland, an attorney and man of wealth, and his wife, Mary



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Kinsolving, a descendant of one of the oldest families of Vir-
ginia. At the beginning of the war of the Confederacy he was
too aged to fight in the field, but he served in the reserve organi-
zation, and to the army at the front gave his sons, James Kin-
solving Woodson, Iverson Lewis Woodson, and Daniel Perkins
Woodson, all of whom were members of Company K, Nineteenth
Virginia infantry, Pickett's division. The first, one of the most
daring of soldiers, was lost at the battle of Sharpsburg. Tlie
third was wounded on the head at Hatcher's Run, while obeying
orders to carry a message to his colonel through a deadly fire.
A younger son, Charles Edward Woodson, born in Albemarle
county in 1861, is now rector of St. Peter's Episcopal church, Nor-
folk. After several years of study in his youth, and graduation in
the preparatory school, he entered the theological school of Vir-
ginia, where he was graduated in 1889. After seven years' min-
istry at the Emmanuel church, Franklin, he was called to his pres-
ent work at Norfolk. He was married in i8go to Jane McGregor
Ashby, daughter of Col. Turner Wade Ashby, and his wife, Eliza-
beth McGregor, a daughter of William McGregor, a native of
Scotland. Her father, who earned his title in the Mexican war,
was a first cousin of the lamented Gen. Turner Ashby.

Captain John W. H. Wrenn, of the Third Virginia infantry, now
residing at Berkley, Va., was born at Portsmouth, January 10, 1827.
He is the son of Thomas P. and Sarah (Cherry) Wrenn, both
natives of Virginia, who died during the yellow fever scourge of
1855. He followed the craft of a boat builder in his youth, and
was educated at the Portsmouth military institute. For twelve
years prior to the war he was connected with the military service
of the- State, becoming first lieutenant of the Portsmouth Rifle
company in 1848, and subsequently holding the positions of acting
adjutant of the Third regiment, Virginia militia, and captain of
Company B of the same regiment. He entered the Confederate
service in April, 1861, with the Portsmouth Rifle company, which
was attached to the Ninth Virginia regiment, and later in the
year he was elected captain of Company B of the Third regiment,
formerly known as the Virginia Riflemen. He commanded his
company, in Colston's brigade (afterward Pryor's), in Long-
street's division in the engagements at Dam No. i, Williamsburg,
Seven Pines, and the Seven Days' campaign. In 1864 he was re-
lieved from further service on account of physical disability, and
by the time he had regained his health the war had come to a
close. He resided at Portsmouth until 1869, and since then at
Berkley where he has a comfortable home. For many years he
followed the business of real estate and insurance with much suc-
cess. Since 1889 he has held the position of ferry collector. He
is one of the charter members of Pickett-Buchanan camp. United
Confederate veterans, of Norfolk. Captain Wrenn was married
in 1849 to Mary E. Brent, who died in 1870, and m 1890 he was
united to his present wife, Mary E. Parker. He has one son
living.



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James P. Yancey, of Richmond, one of the gallant survivors of
the First Richmond Howitzers, now prominent in business cir-
cles of the Virginia capital, was born in Albemarle county, Va-^
in 1834. He was reared and educated in that county. In April,.
1861, he entered the military service of the Confederate States as
a private in the First Richmond Howitzers, with which he served'
throughout the entire war. Among the battles in which he par-
ticipated are those at Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Malvern Hill,
Savage Station, both the first and second battles at Fredericks-
burg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and the final
campaigns. He was paroled at Richmond in the fall of 1865.
Making his home at that city he has in the subsequent years of
peace achieved notable success in his enterprises and a high stand-
ing in the community.

Lieutenant Charles Edward Yeatman, of Norfolk, who held
official rank in both the army and navy of the Confederate States,-
was born in Matthews county, Va., April 26, 1828. He was of a.
family of honorable record, both in Virginia and in England.
The head of the family in the old country at present is Hayshe
Yeatman, bishop of Southwark, the late major-general, Sir Yeat-
man Biggs, K. C. B., head of the British military in Calcutta,
having died without issue. Charles C. Yeatman's great-grand-
father, John Patterson, of Poplar Grove, Matthews county, Va.^
was a Revolutionary soldier, and fought at the battle of Mon-
mouth, where his brother lost his life in the cause of freedom.
His grandfather, Thomas Muse Yeatman, a lawyer of repute, being
a graduate of William and Mary college, and a law student in the-
office of William Wirt, married Elizabeth Tabb Patterson, daugh-
ter of John Patterson, of Poplar Grove, who served for many-
years as clerk of Matthews county, an office in which he was suc-
ceeded by his son-in-law, Thomas R. Yeatman. Lieutenant:
Yeatman was reared after the age of six years in Gloucester-
county at the home of his guardian and brother-in-law, Josiah L.
Deans, and was educated at the Virginia military institute, and
graduated in 1849. He was of the "4gers" who went to California,
being one of a party of seventy-five who purchased the sailing
ship Glenmore and sailed via Cape Horn to California. After
three years in the land of gold he returned via the isthmus, and
in 1854 began a career in railroad employment by becoming a bag-
gage master on the old Virginia & Tennessee railroad. Promoted
to passenger conductor, he served on different roads, being the
first passenger conductor on the Richmond & York River road.^
Early in 1861 he was appointed lieutenant in the Virginia army^
but was instructed by General Lee to continue his duties upon the
York River road, then used chiefly for military purposes. After
the secession of the State, he was appointed acting master in the
navy of the Confederate States, in which capacity he served about
two months under Capt. Thomas Jefferson Page at the West Point
navy yard. Subsequently and until the evacuation of Norfolk, and
the consequent reduction of the naval commissions, he served as
purchasing agent for the navy yards in Virginia, under Capt. John
Maury. After this he was commissioned a lieutenant in the army
and served under Col. T. J. Page as ordnance officer at Chaffin's
bluff, until May, 1863, meanwhile participating in the first engage-
ment at Drewry's bluff, one mile above them on the James river.



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In May, 1863, being commissioned a lieutenant in the Confed-

•erate States navy, he reported to Admiral Buchanan at Mobile,

jind was assigned to the steamer Baltic, commanded by James
Douglas Johnston, where he served as executive officer four

■months. Subsequently he served several months on ordnance
duty under John R. Eggleston, and then took part in the effort to
complete the new gunboat Nashville in time to participate in the de-
fense of Mobile. The work progressed night and day for a fort-
night, and the officers and crew, seeing they would be too late,

iegged to be given fighting orders, but the admiral insisted that
the completion of the Nashville would be the greatest aid they

>could render. The work was finished, but on the evacuation the
Nashville was destroyed and Lieutenant Yeatman, with the other

■officers and crew, escaped up the Tombigbee, subsequently sur-
rendering at Owen's bluff to Admiral Thackeray. This body of

1)risoners was transported from Mobile to Old Point Comfort on
the Rhode Island. Just before reaching their destination they
learned from a passing boat that President Davis had been cap-
tured and was a prisoner at Old Point. The applause of the Fed-

-erals on board was promptly suppressed by the officers out of re-
spect for their prisoners. On reaching the Point they found that
President Davis had not yet landed, and they were disembarked

•first. They then, some three hundred strong, selected General
Ruggles as their commander, and marched in files to a point

•which Mr. Davis would pass on the way to prison. As he walked
by, with irons upon his wrists and head bowed, the Confederate

■prisoners bared their heads and gave him a silent salute. Subse-
quently Lieutenant Yeatman was paroled at Richmond, and in
■1866 he found' employment at Baltimore with a prominent com-
mission house. A year later he became connected with the Balti-
more steam packet company, and continued until 1874, first as

<ollector at Baltimore and then as agent at Portsmouth and Nor-
folk. In 1874 he became general freight agent of the Chesapeake
& Ohio railroad company, and was the first agent of the company
at Norfolk, serving from 1875 until 1889. He then engaged in in-
surance and brokerage until 1894, when he was appointed harbor
master for the city of Norfolk. Charles E. Yeatman was gifted

^s a conversationalist, and in his youth was a prominent feature
in a social circle, noted for the graceful charm of a day that is
passed. Through his checkered career his unblemished honor and
his tender heart and genial manners attracted hosts of friends who
were devoted in life and death. He was a member of St. Luke's

•church, Pickett-Buchanan camp, C. V., the Masonic order and
several other fraternal organizations. He was married November
7, i860, to Harriet R. Royster, of New Kent county, and died in
Norfolk, Va., February 15, 1898. He leaves two children, Philip
•Edward, a graduate of the Virginia military institute, who entered
the volunteer army of the United States in the war of 1898 with

-the rank of captain in the Fourth regiment of Virginia volunteer

nnfantry, and Susan E., now Mrs. John F. Egerton

William H. Yeatman, of Alexandria, a native Virginian, was
born in Westmoreland county in 1845. At the age of sixteen he

-entered the Confederate service as a private in the first company
that went into the army from his county. This command was

^mustered in as Company C of the Forty-seventh regiment of in-



1292 CONFEDERATE MILITARY HISTORY.

fantry, Capt. E. L. Wharton and Col. Rob. M. Mayo, a gallant
regiment that won martial honors on many a hard-fought field.
He participated in nearly all the engagements of the regiment,
prominent among which were the Seven Days' fighting before
Richmond, including Frayser's Farm and Cold Harbor, Cedar Run
and the second battle of Manassas, Belfield Station, Jones' House,
where he was wounded in the left shoulder. Deep Bottom, Gettys-
burg, Chancellorsville and the Wilderness. At Mechanicsville, in
the Peninsula campaign, he was slightly wounded, and at Gettys-
burg, where his regiment was in Heth's division of A. P. Hill's
corps, 'he was again wounded. At Frayser's Farm in 1862 the
Forty-seventh regiment, in Hill's division, had the honor of cap-
turing the Federal general, George A. McCall, a distinction that
has been erroneously ascribed by some writers to the Fifty-fifth
regiment. During the desperate fighting in the Wilderness, Pri-
vate Yeatman was severely wounded in the right knee, causing a
permanent injury. Notwithstanding his crippled condition after
this misfortune, his devotion to the cause was such that he was
found in the ranks again at Sailor's Creek, the last important fight
of the army of Northern Virginia. There he was captured and
subsequently confined in Libby prison until eleven days after the
surrender of General Lee. Then returning to his home in West-
moreland county, a veteran at the age of twenty years, he was con-
fronted by the duties and responsibilities of civil life. He pres-
ently removed to Prince William county and engaged in farming,
until after twenty years of this work the effects of his wound com-
pelled him to seek another occupation. Since then he has been
engaged in business at Alexandria. He is a memlJer of R. E. Lee
camp at that city.

Captain John J. Young, a native of Sydney Cape Breton, Prince
Edward's island, Canada, who removed to Norfolk before the war
of the Confederacy, in the latter part of April, 1861, organized a
heavy artillery company, of which he was elected captain. He uni-
formed the company at his own expense, and contributed, out of
his private funds, toward the erection of an earthwork at Boush's
bluflf, where the company was assigned to duty. With a thirty-
two pounder ship gun. Captain Young fired the first shot at the
enemy in that vicinity, and in May, 1861, had an encounter with
the United States steamship Monticello. In July his company,
being composed of seafaring men, was transferred to duty as har-
bor guards, patrolling the lower harbor at night with four armed
launches, and a number of small boats. Upon the evacuation of
Richmond he took his boats and guns up the Nansemond to Suf-
folk, and thence carried his howitzers by rail to Richmond. The
company served under his command at Chaffin's bluff, in the Thir-
teenth Virginia battalion, until the summer of 1863, when it met
the army at Harper's Ferry on the return from Gettysburg, and
returned to Richmond in charge of prisoners. The company was
then known as Young's Howitzers. Captain Young's health failed
in 1863, and he was granted a sick leave. The company continued
in service on the Richmond and Petersburg lines, and was in the
battle of Sailor's Creek, with Custis Lee's division. William A.
Young, son of the foregoing, born at Norfolk, May 17, i860, re-
ceived his literary education at St. Mary's academy, of his native
city, and then entered upon the study of law. This, however, he



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presently abandoned for mercantile pursuits, in which he was en-
gaged for several years. From his youth he had taken a great
mterest in pohtical affairs, and simultaneously with his becoming
a voter he became a worker in the organization of his party. At
the age of twenty-five his ability in this direction was recognized
by appointment to the position of chairman of the city committee
ot the Democratic party, which he held for the greater part of
ten years, doing effective service and easily holding the confidence
of his party. At the same time it was apparent that his efforts
were not solely for partisan ends, but that the great motive was
the good of the community. He engaged in the promotion of
various enterprises of value to the people, tiotably the electric
street railway, the establishment of which is chiefly due to his
energy and organizing power. Such a character cannot fail of
recognition, and Mr. Young has been called upon to serve the
people in important official positions. In 1886 he was elected
police commissioner of the city and two years later was chosen
for the place of clerk of the courts of the county, his tenure of the
latter office continuing for six years. In September, 1896, after a
spirited contest in the convention of the Second congressional dis-
trict, he received the nomination for Congress, and was elected in
the following November. His initial service in this capacity was
during the special session of 1897, and he was re-elected in 1898.
Previous to this Mr. Young had represented his district, in a
political way, as a delegate to the Democratic national convention
at Chicago in 1892. Mr. Young is fraternally connected with the
orders of the Elks and Red Men. He is happily married to a
daughter of Dr. Thomas Hay, of Philadelphia, and has three chil-
dren, two daughters and a son.

Nathaniel Francis Young, of Isle of Wight Court House, first
commander of Colquitt-Wrenn camp. United Confederate veterans,
was born in Portsmouth, Va., October 12, 1841, the youngest of
three sons of Dr. Robert W. Young, who served in the Confed-
erate armies. One of these, Tapley Webb Young, now residing
at Washington, D. C, was a private in the cavalry of Kirby Smith;
Robert West Young was a captain in the commissary department
under the same general, and died at New Orleans in i8g6. Their
father. Dr. Robert W. Young, was born in Isle of Wight county,
April 13, 1805, served during the war in one of the departments
at Richmond, and died in 1880. He was married in 1833 to Ann
Porter, daughter of Capt. Tapley Webb, of Portsmouth. The
father of Dr. Young was Nathaniel Young, the son of Francis
Young, who removed to Isle of Wight county in 1768 from Bruns-
wick, and was soon afterward made county clerk, an office which
has ever since remained in the family, Nathaniel Francis Young
being the present incumbent. The latter was reared at Washing-
ton, D. C, from the age of five years, and in 1857 went to Europe
and began a course of studies in the polytechnic institute at Stutt-
gart, where his brother, Tapley Webb Young, was then stationed
as consul for the United States. Leaving there in August, 1861,
he landed at Vera Cruz, Mexico, and thence reached Virginia in
February, 1862, when he immediately reported for duty at Rich-
mond, and enlisted as a private in the Otey battery of the Thir-
teenth battalion of artillery, army of Northern Virginia. He par-
ticipated in the service of his battery throughout the remainder of



1294 CONFEDERATE MILITARY HISTORY.

the war, mainly in western Virginia, and finally surrendered at
Lynchburg, June 25, 1865. During the following twenty years-
he was occupied as a traveling salesman for a Baltimore commer-
cial house throughout the South. In 1887 he became deputy clerk-
of Isle of Wight county under his uncle, Nathaniel Peyton Young,
and served in that capacity until the latter died in 1896, at the age^
of eighty years, after sixty years' continuous tenure of the office.
He was then appointed as successor. Mr. Young is a member of;
the society of the army of Northern Virginia, as well as of the.
United Confederate veterans, and is very influential in his county.
He was married February 19, 1879, to Miss Ann Robinson Young,-
and they have three children: Virginia Carroll, Nathaniel Peyton,.
Jr., and Elizabeth Webb Young.

Walter J. Young, of Norfolk, Va., a veteran of the army of
Northern Virginia, was born in Norfolk November 9, 1845. His-
father, John J. Young, was a soldier in the war with Mexico, and
also served in the army of the Confederate States, holding the
rank of captain and having charge of the harbor defenses at Nor-
folk during the earlier period of the war. His mother, Anna B.
Bullock, was a daughter of John Bullock, one of whose ancestors-
served in the Revolutionary army. He was educated at George-
town and at the Norfolk military academy, being a student in the
latter institution and not quite sixteen years of age when the mili-
tary forces of the State were organized in the spring of 1861.
Prior to this he had been a member of a military company of stu-
dents, and this organization was mustered into service and at-
tached to the bodyguard of General Huger, doing duty at the gen-
eral headquarters of the forces about Norfolk. As a member of
this command Mr. Young was employed in clerical duty at the-'
office of General Huger, also in the offices of Adjutant- General
Anderson and Inspector-General Bradford. About six months
before the evacuation of Norfolk he was transferred to the com-
mand of his father, Capt. John J. Young, who was stationed at
Boush's bluff and had charge of the harbor defenses and batteries.
While here he participated in the action with the Federal warship.
Monticello. After Norfolk was evacuated he was stationed with.
his artillery command at Chapman's bluff, near Petersburg, and.
subsequently at Signal hill, until forced from that position by
Butler. The command then joined in the campaign in the valley,
proceeding as far as Winchester, where they took charge of the
prisoners captured during the Pennsylvania campaign, and es-
corted them to Staunton. Then returning to Chapman's bluff they
held that position through the siege of Richmond and Petersburg.
During the retreat they participated in the battle of Sailor's Creek,
where seventeen of the twenty-three men of his company who went
into the fight were killed or wounded. Mr. Young was severely
wounded, and after the battle fell into the hands of the Federals.
He was transported to City Point and three months later to Lin-
coln hospital, Washington, where he remained until July i, 1865..
He was then able to return to his home at Norfolk, but was, by
reason of his wounds, incapacitated for business until 1867. He
then accepted a position for one year in the clerk's office, subse-
quently conducted a ship-chandler's business for a time, was book-
keeper in the Mercantile bank, and secretary and treasurer of the
Norfolk trust company. His principal occupation, however, has-



CONFEDERATE MILITARY HISTORY. 1295

been with railroad companies, having served eight years with the
Norfolk & Western, subsequently with the New York, Philadel-
phia & Norfolk, the Southern, and is now employed in the audi-
tor's department of the Norfolk & Carolina railroad company. In
1884 Mr. Young was married to Miss Kate Mehegan, daughter of
William A. Mehegan, a well-known business man of Norfolk, who
served prominently in the city council and as captain of the fire
department.




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