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Re: African American of 13th VA CSA

Tom Phillips-
"My question re Mr. Poplar: is there a surviving muster roll of the l3th VA that establishes that this fellow was indeed a soldier (armed and paid as such)? Are there any extant personal records (letters, journals) to support this possibility?
Otherwise, as I follow these messages, we have an l886 item from a Petersburg, VA paper--an account that comes nearly twenty years after claim of service to the C.S.A. as a "soldier" (as opposed to a servant). "


Fair it is-

(*Note- Listed as "Private"...not cook, teamster etc)

"Richard Poplar (first_last)
Regiment Name 13 Virginia Cavalry
Side Confederate
Company H
Soldier's Rank_In Private
Soldier's Rank_Out Private
Alternate Name
Film Number M382 roll 44 [National Archives microfilm]"

Found at-
(National Park Service Soldiers and Sailors System)

"13th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (12th Months, 1861-62)
["12 months"- this was probably their initial you see in the following description they surrendered at Appomattox]

13th Cavalry Regiment was formed in July, 1862, using the 16th Battalion Virginia Cavalry as its nucleus. The men were from Petersburg and the counties of Southampton, Sussex, Prince George, Surry, and Nansemond. It was assigned to W.H.F. Lee's, Chambliss', and Beale' Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. The unit was active in the conflicts at Fredericksburg, Brandy Station, Upperville, Hanover, Gettysburg, Bristoe, Kelly's Ford, and Mine Run. Later it participated in The Wilderness Campaign, the defense of Petersburg and Richmond, and the Appomattox operations. This regiment had 298 men in action in Gettysburg and surrendered on April 9, 1865, with 10 officers and 78 men. The field officers were Colonels John R. Chambliss, Jr. and Jefferson C. Phillips; Lieutenant Colonels Alexander Savage and Thomas H. Upshaw; and Majors Benjamin W. Belsches, Joseph E. Gillette, and Benjamin F. Winfield."

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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