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Civil War In Mathews County

Confederate Units and Leaders

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
1. Civil War In Mathews County CWT Marker
Inscription. Fort Nonsense is a conspicuous reminder of Mathews County's Civil War history. When war broke out, men between the ages of 21 and 45 were mustered for service in the 61st Virginia Militia Regiment. Company H became known as the Mathews Light Artillery. This unit, commanded by Capt. Andrew Armistead, was assigned to Starke's Battery on the Piankatank River. Company E, under Capt. Robert E. Hudgins, was mustered on October 31, 1861, and was sent to Gloucester Point. Both units disbanded when the Confederates abandoned Gloucester Point on May 4, 1862. Many other Mathews County men served in the 5th Virginia Cavalry, the 26th Virginia Volunteer Infantry, and the Confederate Navy.

Two Mathews County natives rose to prominence during the war. James Henry Lane (1833-1907) was born at Mathews Court House. Upon graduation from Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia, he taught mathematics and tactics at VMI. After leading North Carolina regiments, Lane was promoted to brigadier general in 1862. His brigade saw action from Fredericksburg to Appomattox.

Sally Louisa Tompkins (1833-1916) of Mathews County was known as the “Angel of the Confederacy." She operated Robertson Hospital in Richmond, Va., from July 1861 until the end of the war. Tompkins, who was the only woman to hold a position as a commissioned
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By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
2. Civil War In Mathews County CWT Marker
officer in the Confederate army, was appointed captain of cavalry on September 9, 1861.

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(lower left) Last Mathews Confederate veterans, March 31, 1931. Top left to right: Elkanah Diggs and William S. Burroughs. Front left to right: John A. Lewis, Walter R. Stoakes, Major Giles B. Cooke, and John Wesley Minter. Courtesy Mathews County Historical Society
(upper right) Gen. James Henry Lane Courtesy VMI Archives; Capt. Sally Louisa Tompkins Courtesy Virginia Historical Society
 
Erected 2014 by Virginia Civil WarTrails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 27.948′ N, 76° 26.659′ W. Marker is in North, Virginia, in Mathews County. Marker can be reached from Windsor Road (Virginia Route 3) 0.2 miles north of John Clayton Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 14), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located along the walking trail in Fort Nonsense Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: North VA 23128, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named
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By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
3. Fort Nonsense Viewing Platform
Civil War In Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); John Clayton, Botanist (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Nonsense (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Field Fortifications (about 300 feet away); By Land And By Sea (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense (about 400 feet away); Mathews County (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in North.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
4. Fort Nonsense Viewing Platform
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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