Near Charles City in Charles City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Front Line and the Home Front
During the Civil War, Edmund Archer Saunders, the owner of Piney Grove Store and Moss Side, was enlisted in the Charles City Cavalry, Company D Third Virginia Cavalry, Wickham’s Brigade, Fitzhugh Lee’s Division. His mercantile experience led to his transfer to the office of the Commissary General in the Confederate Army.
Thomas Fletcher Harwood, the clerk of Piney Grove Store, was enlisted in the Confederate Infantry under Capt. G.M. Waddell. This was Company K of the 53rd Infantry, Armistead’s Brigade of Pickett’s Division. He served as a Color Sergeant and valiantly carried the Confederate colors into battle. On July 1, 1862, the young soldier lost his leg during the Battle of Malvern Hill. Harwood was injured from cannon fire, and the Confederate ambulance corps thought his injury was fatal. He managed through the rain to return home. He subsequently visited the Chimborazo Hospital on Church Hill in Richmond where his injury was treated by Confederate Capt. Sally Tompkins. Records indicate that
The Saunders and Harwood families were fortunate to receive their men home and revive both mercantile activities at Piney Grove Store and agricultural activities at Moss Side.
Harwood lived the remainder of his life with the benefit of an artificial limb made by Jim E. Hanger, from Augusta County, who also lost his leg in Confederate service. Hanger became the largest manufacturer of artificial limbs in the United States following the war. The firm is still active today in Richmond and Chicago.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 22.386′ N, 76° 58.711′ W. Marker is near Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker can be reached from The Glebe Lane near Southall Plantation Lane. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charles City VA 23030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Piney Grove and Southalls (within shouting distance of this marker); Binns Hall Blanks Crossroads (approx. 1.5 miles away); Holdcroft (approx. 2.4 miles away); Chickahominy Water Trail (approx. 3.3 miles away); President Tyler's Home (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fort Pocahontas (approx. 3.4 miles away); Sturgeon Point & Kennons (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charles City.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a sketch of "The Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, Henrico County Virginia." On the right is a map of the Piney Grove grounds.
Also see . . .
1. Piney Grove at Sothall's Plantation. (Submitted on May 3, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Piney Grove (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on December 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 914 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.