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Kanawha County In The Civil War


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William Ballard

In Company G of the 7th WV Cavalry. He was a farmer who was born about 1837 in Monroe Co., (West) Virginia. Ballard was 5ft. 9in. tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. He married Elizabeth J. Lavender January 9, 1852. Their children: Wilson, Poletus W., James P., and William. William Ballard was shot and killed March 18, 1865 in camp with the musket of John Wesley Adkins. Adkins was arrested and charged with Ballard's murder.

James Overton Batton

In Company D of the 7th WV Cavalry, Batton enlisted March 18, 1864 at Charleston. He was born about 1846 in Giles, Kanawha County or Giles County, Virginia, the son of William Ballard. He was 5ft. 7in. tall with a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. Ballard was not killed in the line of duty, but lived on. He moved to Cabin Creek and later died in 1924.


Napoleon B. Brooks was born about 1837, the son of Lawson and Catherine Brooks. He was living with his parents and brother Robert in the 1860 Kanawha County census. In the 1880 Kanawha County census he is listed as a 42 year old druggist living with his wife, Louse; children, Katie, 11 and Ivy, 1; and father, Lawson S, 70.

Napoleon enlisted with The Kanawha Riflemen July 10, 1861 at Coalsmouth, Kanawha County. He is listed as being ill at White Sulphur Springs, August 1861; a captain while serving at Winchester, VA September 19, 1864; and a prisoner of war at Lookout, MD September 24 1864.


Major Thomas Lee Broun, attorney at law, was born in Loudoun County, Va in 1823. His parents were Edwin Conway and Elizabeth Channal Broun. The former was born in Westmoreland County, Va, and the latter in Loudoun County, VA. In 1848 he graduated at the university of Virginia in several of the tickets, after which he taught school in his native county for two years. At the expiration of that time he came to Charleston and began the study of law under the late Hon. George W Summers, and was admitted to practice in 1852. He formed a partnership with George S Patton, which continued for several years, and became associated in business with Gen. Rosecrans and others, who were largely interested in the Coal river region. He was employed as the attorney for several different companies engaged in mining and shipping cannel coal from the Coal River region. After Gen. Rosecrans' resignation from the office of president of the Coal River Navigation company, Major Broun was elected to that position, and was continued in the same until the breaking out of the civil war. He entered the Confederate service as a private in the Kanawha Riflemen, and was soon promoted to the position of major in the Sixtieth Virginia regiment of "Wise Legion."

He was severely wounded at the battle of Cloyd's Mountain, in Pulaski County, VA, his former partner, Col. Patton having been killed in battle about the same time at Winchester, VA. At the close of the war, Major Broun returned to Charleston, and soon after was re-instated in his old position as president of the Navigation company. As Confederate soldiers were not allowed to practice law in West Virginia at that time, Major Broun removed to New York city in June 1886, where he was engaged in practicing his profession until November 1870, making West Virginia law and land titles a specialty while in New York. In the last mentioned year he returned to Charleston, and devoted his energies to the law and the development of the Coal river region, in which he had a large personal interest. He was a member of the Kanawha lodge, No. 20, A F & A M; was a director of the Sheltering Arms hospital of Charleston, and a prominent communicant of the Episcopal church, in which he served as vestryman and warden for many years. He was also a member of Camp Patton ex-Confederates. In June, 1866 he married Mary M Fontaine, daughter of Col Edmund Fontaine, of Hanover County, VA, by whom he had three children: Louise Fontaine, Edmund Fontaine and Annie Conway. He died March 1914 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery
Charleston, WV. Major Broun's father-in-law had the proud distinction of having been the first president of the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad and for many years previous to that was the president of the Virginia Central railroad. William Broun, the grandfather of Major Broun was a native of Scotland who settled in Westmoreland County, VA, and practiced law there when Virginia was a colony. His grandfather's brother, Dr Robert Broun, settled in South Carolina, near Charleston. These brothers have a long line of descendants in Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama and other states. Originally the name was spelled Brohun. In course of time the letter h was dropped and the name was spelled "Broun," with an accent on the letter u, showing the contraction. His family being of French origin and from Bordeaux, France, the name is now generally spelled without the accent.


Jonathan M. Derrick born July 10, 1835 Kanawha Co. WV on Derrick's Creek, near Sissonville WV. The son of John Derrick and Katherin THOMAS Smith. He was a Private in the Company G. 7th West Virginia Infantry.

He enrolled Feb. 23, 1865, at Point Pleasant for 1 year. Mustered in on the same date. Remarks indicate that he was a "drafted man." Died May 8, 1865, in Point of Rocks Hospital at Point of Rocks, VA, of typhoid fever. His personal effects: 1 great coat, 1 pair of boots, 1 haversack, and 1 knapsack. His height 5 feet, 5 1/2 inches. Fair complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, occupation was a farmer.

He was buried there in VA. but a monument stands for him in the Jonathan Derrick (his grandfather) cemetery on Derrick's Creek, near Sissonville, WV. The monument says buried in Petersburg VA.

James Robert Dewees

James Robert Dewees who died January 12, 1927, in Ward Township, Kanawha County was the son Pvt Benjamin Casto Dewees, who enlisted into the 11th West Virginia Infantry on August 14, 1862 in Cottageville. Benjamin was joined by his brothers Alfred E.S. Dewees and Henry Spencer Dewees, as well as cousins William Jabel Dewees, Joshua Kessel Dewees, and nephew Moses Parsons.

Private Moses Parsons drowned in the Ohio River, April 24, 1864, falling off a steamboat carrying the regiment from Parkersburg to Camp Piatt (St. Albans) for the New River Campaign. The 11th fought under General George Crook (of Geronimo fame) and served through the heavy fighting in the Shandoah Valley and the Final Campaign (Petersburg-Appomattox).

Benjamin was wounded at 2nd Kernstown from a minie ball to his right side, at Hatchers Run from a slight gunshot wound to the leg, and also suffered from a severe sunstroke attack on a forced march into Maryland.

Alfred E.S. Dewees was wounded at the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain from a gunshot wound to his ring finger while tamping down his musket.

Henry and William Jabel Dewees were injured together from a cannon explosion during the charge at Fishers Hill, when Crook flanked Early's army, causing Early's hasty retreat. All these men were forced marched from Petersburg to Appomattox as part of the Independant Division of General John Gibbon's (Iron Brigade Commander) XXIV Corps, that was a part of General E.O.C. Ord's Army of the James, under the overall command of General U.S. Grant. The XXIV Corps with the Independent Division (Army of West Virginia) in the lead outmarched Geneeral Lee's Army of Northern Virginia causing Ord to say "put these West Virginians on flat land, and they can outmarch any army". Relieving Custers Cavalry, the West Virginians blocked CSA General Gordons troops outside Appomattox, causing Lee to surrender. One of the flags of surrender was positioned to the front of these West Virginians. The 11th spent much time in Kanawha County and many of its survivors finally settled there.

Francis M Evans

Francis M Evans, private, Company H, 11th West Virginia Infantry Volunteers, who mustered in this unit on March 5, 1864, at the age of 24.

He joined the unit with another Evans in it, perhaps a younger brother, Perry Evans, also a private, who mustered in on February 10, 1863 at the age of 18. 19 men of this regiment were dishcharged from service on November 14, 1864 at Newtown, Virginia, after completing their 3 year enlistment. Recruits were necessary, and it appears as though Francis was enlisted to fill this future void. On September 25, 1863, this unit was attacked by William L. "Mudwall" Jackson (relative of Stonewall Jackson) at Bulltown, West Virginia. A sharp fight ensued, and the rebels retreated in defeat. Regiments comprised of privates, corporals, sergeants, lieutenants, and captains and the 11th was commanded by three Captains, first was Lewis Smith, who was dismissed September 14, 1863. The next was Captain George W. Parriot who commanded the unit until his term expired and he was discharged at Newtown, November 14, 1864. Last was Captain Samuel K. Kirkpatrick who was promoted to this rank on March 6, 1865, near the end of the 1864/1865 winter quarters. He commanded until the end at Appomattox where this unit fronted General Robert E. Lee's army bringing about the surrender. The 11th was a part of the XXIV Corps of General John Gibbons (Iron Brigade Commander) which was the first infantry units of the North at Appomattox, relieving Custers troopers in time to stop the rebel advance (Gen John Gordon CSA's troops). One of the flags of surrender was at the front of the 11th. The 11th fought in the Shenandoah prior to their transfer to Gibbons' Corps, and fought at Cedar Creek under General Phil Sheridan. Led throughout the last two years by General George Crook, the 11th was part of the Army of West Virginia, Kanawha Division.


Henry Gregory was born April 29, 1839, in Kanawha County, WV. He married Sarah E. Rust of Coalsmouth, August 21, 1859. She was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Rust and sister to James W. Rust , another Kanawha Rifleman.

Henry is listed in the 1860 Kanawha County census in the household of his mother Lucinda, 46; William, 16; Jehue, 15; Henry, 10; Josephine, 6. Henry's occupation was listed as a grocer.

Henry enlisted in The Kanawha Riflemen May 22, 1861, at Charleston, WV. He was also with the 22nd VA Regiment of the CSA. He became ill at White Sulphur Spring, VA August 20, 1861, but was still on the roll in November 1, 1862. Henry was killed in action at White Sulphur Spring August 26, 1863. He is buried in the Rust Cemetery  across from Coalsmouth on top of a hill.

Henry's tombstone lists his death as April 26, 1863.


Carroll Hansford was born 1836 at Paint Creek, West Virginia. He was the son of John Hansford, born January 1, 1798, and Maria Teays. Carroll's family moved to the Coals Mouth (now St. Albans) in 1840. He is buried in Teays Hill Cemetery  at St. Albans.

Carroll joined the Kanawha Riflemen in 1861. He was stationed a mile from his home at Coalsmouth. PWR say he was transferred to Company I 26th Battalion August 27, 1863 with the rank of Corporal. Promotion was ordered to Sgt. Captain at Cold Harbor, Virginia June 1864. Carroll was a POW at Pt. Lookout, Maryland. He was transferred to Elmiea, New York. He was released March 2, 1865.

John Hansford, Carroll's father, was first married to Elizabeth Teays. They had a daughter Mollie. Elizabeth died when Mollie was 6 months old. When Mollie was three years old, John married Maria Teays. Besides Carroll, Maria and John had Charles, Victoria and Cynthia Noyes Hansford. Maria died April 26, 1841 at age 34 years.

Mollie married Dr. John Walls and moved to Winchester, Virginia. Charles Teays was a school teacher. Victoria married Thomas Teays. Cynthia (1840-1885) married Richard Ellis Hughson (1831-1883).

Hudnall Family

Hudnall, Philip Monroe, born 1840 on Kelly's Creek in Kanawha County.. Enlisted at Fayette Court House, Sep 9, 1861 in the Wise Legion and then fought under General JEB Stuart in the 10th Virginia Cavalry.. Captured White Oak Swamp during the Peninsula Campaign & Exchanged November 10, 1862. Appointed 4th Corporal Jan 19, 1863. Listed as Rebel Deserter & took Loyalty Oath, May 5, 1865. 6 ft tall, dark complexion, grey eyes, dark hair. Married Lucy Alice Morris Killed in coal mine Nov 4, 1884.

Hudnall, Benjamin Franklin, born Aug 25, 1834 on Kelly's Creek in Kanawha County. Enlisted at Staunton, Virginia, in the 10th Virginia Cavalry & fought under General JEB Stuart. 6 ft. tall, blue eyes, dark hair. Married Lucy Gillespie. Died Feb 1, 1922. Buried at 10 Mile on Campbells Creek.

Hudnall, William Harrison, born Nov 17, 1838 on Kelly's Creek in Kanawha County. Enlisted at Staunton, Virginia in the 10th Virginia Cavalry & fought under General JEB Stuart. Captured Beverly Ford, Virginia, Jun 9, 1863. Exchanged. Captured Petersburg April 3, 1865. Released from Point Lookout Union Prison (Md) June 14, 1865. Married Martha Ann Noyes. Died Feb 20, 1926. Buried in Woodland Cemetery, Cedar Grove


Residence Coalsmouth WV; a 17 year-old Student.
Enlisted on 5/22/1861 at Poca, WV as a Private.
On 5/22/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. VA 22nd Infantry
He was Killed on 9/10/1862 at Fayetteville, WV
He was listed as: Hospitalized 1/2/1862 Charlottesville, VA (With typhoid fever)

James W. Rust volunteered as a Kanawha Rifleman in 1861, then transferred to the 22nd VA Regiment CSA. He was born March 20, 1844, in Kanawha County, WV. James was the son of Samuel E. and Elizabeth (Rust)Rust who lived on the west side of Coal River.

James' father, Samuel, was born March 6, 1808, at Richmond, VA. Samuel was the son of James Rust and Mary Purcell. The Rust family arrived in Kanawha County in 1816. James' mother, Elizabeth, was born October 8, 1818. She was the daughter of Benjamin Rust and Jane Thomas. Samuel and Elizabeth were married 1836.

James W. Rust died at Fayetteville, September 10, 1862. He is buried in the Rust Cemetery 
at Coalsmouth.

Shaver Brothers

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Lafayette Shaver was born on November 6, 1833 in Kanawha Co and died June 27, 1914 and is buried at Coons Creek in Sissonville, WV. He served in F Co 7th WV Cav from December 5, 1861 to August 1, 1865 and was wounded at the second battle of Bull Run.

Brother's to Lafayette Shaver

David Shaver, born in Kanawha Co., WV in 1833, died 4 Dec 1888. Served with his brother Lafayette Shaver in F Co, 7th WV CAV. Captured at Lewisburg, WV on 18 May 1864 and held as a POW at Andersonville Prison in Georgia until he was paroled on 24 Feb 1865.

Thomas Shaver, brother of David and Lafayette Shaver, born in Kanawha Co., WV in 1831. Served in K Co 11th WV INF. Died of Typhus in an Army hospital in Philadelphia, PA on 12 OCT 1864. He is buried in the Philadelphia National Cemetery 
in section D, plot 127.


Thomas served in K Co, 11th WV Inf during the Civil War and died of Typhus on 12 Oct 1864, in Philadelphia, PA. He is buried in the Philadelphia National Cemetery in Section D, plot 127. Thomas left a wife, Dorothy Parsons Shaver and four children; Henry, Sarah, Susannah and Eliza.


 Residence Upper Falls VA; a 21 year-old Laborer.
Enlisted on 5/8/1861 at Charleston, WV as a Private.
On 5/8/1861 he mustered into "H" Co. VA 22nd Infantry
(date and method of discharge not given)
He was listed as:
POW 9/19/1864 Winchester, VA
Confined 9/24/1864 Point Lookout, MD
Oath Allegiance 2/25/1865 Point Lookout, MD (Released)

Stephen Teays, a laborer, joined the Kanawha Riflemen, May 8,1861 at Charleston, West Virginia. He was born at Upper Falls on Coal River, October 24, 1839, and died February 5, 1905. He was the son of James T/S Teays, born 1817 in Virginia, and Mary Ann Thomas, born 1820 Virginia and died September 19, 1900. Stephen had seven siblings: John H., born 1840; Mary C., born 1847; James W., born 1850; Mice E., born 1852; Martha H., born 1854; Parthenia, born 1857; and Robert, born 1859. James and Mary Teays were married November 26, 1838, by Reverend E. Hewes Field. His grandfather was the first settler of Coalsmouth on the lower side of Coal River. The Teays family ran the stage coach depot, tavern and inn on the lower side of St. Alban.

Stephen Teays was a captain at Winchester, Virginia, September 19, 1864. He was POW at Pt. Lookout, Maryland, September24, 1864. He was released February 25, 1865. After taking oath, he spent four years in Missouri. In later years, he was city treasurer of St. Albans in 1896, liquor dealer and tavern owner.

Stephen bought the John P. Turner home located at B Street in St. Albans in 1880. Living in Stephen's household in the 1880 census were Mary, his wife; son, John H.; daughters: Alice E, Martha A., and Ella; servants: Mason Hanie and Waitee; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Thomas; and brother, James W. Teays.

BORN: Oct. 24, 1839

DIED: Feb. 5, 1901

BURIED: Teays Hill Cemetery

Contributor: bgill
Created: May 23, 2007 · Modified: May 25, 2007

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