Southern Historical Society Papers/Volume 29/War Officers

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Of the First Regiment Virginia Volunteer Infantry,

With Some Notice of the "Advisory Council" of Governor John Letcher in 1861.

I am indebted to my friend Captain Louis Zimmer, of the Ordnance Department, C. S. A., now of New York city, but a former comrade in F company, volunteers of Richmond, for the following memo. Some efficient and providential service by Captain Zimmer, in securing from New York at personal hazard, percussion caps, which were essential for use in the first battle of Manassas, is given under the caption "A Secret Service Episode," Southern Historical Society Papers, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 14-18. Zimmer was entrusted by the "Advisory Council" of War, which in 1861 was composed of Governor John Letcher, Lieutenant-Governor Robert L. Montague (father of our present Executive), Commodore Matthew Fontaine Maury, State Senator Thomas S. Raymond (later of West Virginia), Colonel (later Major-General) Francis H. Smith, Superintendent Virginia Military Institute, Captain Robert B. Pegram, C. S. Navy, and perhaps others. The private secretary of Governor Letcher, Colonel S. Bassett French, acted as Secretary of the Board. Of the proceedings of this "Board" of War, so able in its constitutional personnel, and which would be so informatory as to early appointments, only those of the early months of 1861 are preserved in our State Library—a lamentable loss. Further, of the "Executive Journal," which might assist in the want of the "proceedings" referred to, there is preserved in the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth only the record to the month of December, 1860, inclusive, and then—a hiatus—taken away by the Federal authorities in April, 1865, to the incumbency of Governor Francis H. Peirpont (or Pierpoint, as he then subscribed himself), commencing in 1864.

The list of the dates of the commissions of the officers of the First Regiment Virginia Volunteers will be held of interest by our community. Nearly all of them received deserved promotion for gallantry in the field.


Memorandum Roster First Regiment, Virginia Volunteers.

P. T. Moore, colonel, commissioned May 2, 1861.

Wm. Munford, major, commissioned May 3, 1861.

Samuel P. Mitchell, adjutant, commissioned July 27, 1860.

J. S. D. Cullen, surgeon, commissioned May 3, 1861.

T. F. Maury, adjutant, commissioned May 17, 1861.

F. Miller, captain company K, commissioned May 30, 1859.

John Dooley, captain company C, commissioned January n, 1860.

Wm. H. Gordon, captain company G, commissioned May 25, 1860.

James K. Lee, captain company B, commissioned April 16, 1861.

Joseph G. Griswold, captain company D, commissioned April 12, 1861.

Thomas J. Boggs, captain company H, commissioned May 3, 1861.

W. O. Taylor, captain company I, commissioned May 18, 1861.

David King, first lieutenant, commissioned January n, 1860.

F. W. E. Lohmann, first lieutenant, commissioned February 4, 1861.

Wm. H. Palmer, first lieutenant, commissioned April 18, 1861.

John Greanor, first lieutenant, commissioned April 24, 1861.

S. J. Tucker, first lieutenant, commissioned May 14, 1861.

John T. Rogers, first lieutenant, commissioned May 16, 1861.

Wm. English, second lieutenant, commissioned April 12, 1860.

J. W. Archer, second lieutenant, commissioned April 16, 1861.

—— Tyree, second lieutenant, commissioned May 18, 1861.

F. H. Langley, second lieutenant, commisssioned May 4, 1861.

F. H. Hagemeyer, second lieutenant, commissioned February 14, 1861.

Henry Harvey, second lieutenant, commissioned April 18, 1861.

H. H. Miles, second lieutenant, commissioned April 23, 1861.

W. M. Harrison, second lieutenant, commissioned April 18, 1861.

Henry Linkenbauer, second lieutenant, commissioned April 25, 1861.

J. T. Vaughan, second lieutenant, commissioned April 24, 1861.

George Hatley Norton, second lieutenant, commissioned May 13, 1861.

—— Tabb, second lieutenant, commissioned May 18, 1861.

M. Seayers, second lieutenant, commissioned April 19, 1861,.