TSBF would like to invite anyone who had an
ancestor present at the battle to send us any information you might have
on that individual. Period photographs or other pictorial
representations of those individuals are highly desirable. Our intention
is to create a web page dedicated to the men and women who were directly
involved or affected by this battle. Please contact and/or send your
My great great grandfather
James McGrainer (McGranor), born in 1824 in Ireland, was shot
through the right thigh at the Battle of Trevillian Station, on June 11,
1864. He was in Co. E, 4th Penna. Cavalry. He was initially taken
to the hospital in Washington D.C., then to Summit Hospital in
Philadelphia, then onto the U.S. Army General Hospital in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, where he stayed until October 28, 1864, when he was
discharged. He had problems with the gunshot never healing properly for
the rest of his life and died on November 22, 1885 and is buried in a
small military cemetery outside of Penfield, Pennsylvania. His
wife, Mary Ann Dailey McGranor, went on to become one of the first
licensed female physicians in the state of
Thank you so much for all
Submitted by; Virginia
My great great uncle Lt. Fredrick Ogden was serving as
adjutant of the 1st U.S. Cavalry regiment under Custer and was killed at
Trevilian Station. I have the letter signed by Captain Augustus Reno
announcing his death. Reno as a major was the officer who failed Custer
at the Little Bighorn; 100 years later I served with the same regiment
With our thanks, submitted by
Peter Boylston Adams
and David Coleman, Co.
A 6th Regiment, Butler's Brigade, S.C.
great great great grandfather John Coleman and his brother David were in
Co. A 6th Regiment, Butler's Brigade. John Coleman was killed 11 June,
1864, the first day of the Battle of Trevilian Station. David Coleman
was in that battle but lived.
Coleman was born in Feb.1, 1822,. At the time of The
War between the States, he lived near Fountain Inn, S. C. His family
home built about 1849 is still there. He left a wife, Anna Babb Coleman
and seven children. The oldest was Robert, a lad of 13, when his father
went to war. Here are his written words telling of those
I think in the fall of '62 there was a call for men up to 45. So my
father had to go down on the coast. Next spring they let him come home
to make a crop. I recollect I had oats sowed when he came home. That
fall he had to go off again. There was a man at home by the name of
Arnold Sullivan. He was making up a cavalry company. So my father and a
great many of the neighbors joined that company. My father took Old
Dick- that was the name of a horse he had had even since he was
married-back down to the coast on John's Island. They stayed there that
winter. In the spring they were ordered to Virginia- so he sent Old Dick
home. He had bought a mighty pretty bay mare before he went off. He took
the bay mare to Virginia in the spring of '64. So he was there til in
June. Then the 11th of June the battle of Trevilian Station began. He
got killed the first day. Dr' Knight told me, he saw him lying on the
field next day and he took his comb and pocketbook and gave them to
Uncle Dave . Barnett Babb said he got a citizen to bury
monument to John Coleman is in the Rabun Creek Baptist Church Cemetary,
in Laurens County, S.C.
Coleman went on to fight and was captured at Chapin's Farm, Virginia. He
was a prisoner of war, at Federal prison at Point Lookout, Md. He was
paroled whenthe war was over and returned to S.C.
(photo sent by his great granddaughter Martha
had another great great grandfather Henry Hill Sprouse , born Nov. 26,
1826, also from near Fountain Inn,S. C. who was in the same regiment and
company as John Coleman. Henry Hill Sprouse and his wife Mary Caroline
Hopkins Sprouse set up house keeping in the Fairview
Presbyterian Church community. A letter written by him on Aug. 21,
1863, from John's Island, S. C., to his brother William Washington
Sprouse states his health was very "porley", but he had the best riding
nag in the Confederacy and would not take a $1000 for her. He thought
the War surely would be lost in less than a year.He also fought and was
captured at the Battle of Treviian Station. He was taken as a prisoner
to Pt. Lookout, Md. where he died on April 25, 1865, just as the war was
ending. His name appears on the monument located on Md. Route 5 at the
site where the remains of most of the Confederate prisoners were
reinterred in the 1870's. He is listed at H.H. Sprouse, Co.A, 6 S.C.Cav.
His widow was 35, left with 5 children, the oldest nine. Her house soon
burned. She died in 1869, and her grave is in Fairview Cemetary. The
five children were scattered and raised among relatives.
submitted by Caroline Smith Sherman
great,great,great uncle Corporal Charles A Jackson and his Uncle Sgt
Alonzo Foster fought with the 6th New
York Veteran Volunteer Cavalry at Trevilian Station under the command of
Sheridan. I have a book written for the men of the 6th by
Alonzo which documents the events of the battle in his own words. He
lost his best friend Corporal Milton Bennett of Amagansett New York, who
is buried somewhere on the battle field
and record of the 6th New York v.v. cavalry, by Alonzo Foster, late
Sergeant Co. F.
our thanks, Submitted by
Richard Samuel Baylis (my great grandfather)
Adjutant 5th Michigan Cavalry Regiment
General Custers Michigan Brigade
Born: Nov 22,1830 Ontario County New York
Died: Sept 14,1886 Milan, Michigan
Wounded through the body at Trevelians, June 12,1864.
Brevet Lt.Col in 1865.
After the war he was a Lawyer, and the PostMaster for S.Johns,Michigan. He was over 6 feet tall and 225#.
With our thanks, submitted by
Robert H. Baylis
Shriver, Company K, 6th Pennsylvania
have been requested by the 6th Sergeant of Company K, 6th Cavalry to
send to you the enclosed money which was taken from Anthony Shriver, who
I understand is a relative of yours. He was seriously wounded at the
battle of Trevillians Station on the 12th, last and fell into the hands
of the enemy. Our men were unable to bring him off, but saved this money
which I now send to you" PDF of Document
Anthony Shriver was a Prussian immigrant drafted in to Union
Service. He apparently succumbed to wounds and died on June
Submitted by Patrick Hourigan.
Charles W. Austin, Private in Company A of
the Fifth Michigan Cavalry
Campaigns included Brandy Station,the Wilderness and Trevillian
Station. Captured at the Battle of Trevillian Station. Confined at Libby
Prison in Richmond, Virginia on June 20, 1864 and sent to Andersonville
prison on June 21, 1864. Paroled February 26, 1865 and was returned to
Federal authorities on March 10, 1865. Honorably discharged at Tripler
Hospital on May 25, 1865.
Enlisted at Waterford, Michigan on August 16, 1862,age
of seventeen. 5’7”, 145 lbs., brown hair, light complexion, and gray
eyes. Part of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade under George Armstrong
Custer. Mustered in on August 26, 1862, and saw action in crucial
fighting during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. He was wounded
on July 8, 1863 at the Battle of Boonsboro, Maryland when he was struck
in the right side by piece of enemy shell.
For a more complete biography we recommend going to http://daughterof24thmichigan.blogspot.com (as featured by the
Great Great Granddaughter of
Abner D. Austin, Private, Company I, 24th
Michigan Infantry of the Iron Brigade of the West
Great (3x) Niece of Charles
W. Austin, Private, Company A, 5th
Michigan Cavalry of the Michigan Brigade
Johnson 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment
John F. Spooner 4th South Carolina
Volunteer Cavalry, Company I , Private
From the Georgetown District of
S.C. Killed In Action 11 June 164, aged
Thanks to Jamie Dozier
served in US Army during the Civil War. He enlisted in the first unit,
13th Regt. Union Infantry, Co. I, for 3 months and when that enlistment
was up he joined the 4th Union Cavalry, 64th Regt., Company E, out of
Pittsburgh, Penna. and served in that unit August 16, 1861 - October 28,
1864 with the rank of Private. He was shot in the right thigh, during a
Cavalry battle at the Battle of Trevellian Station, Virginia on June 11,
1864. When he was discharged from the Hospital in Pittsburgh, his
personal description is as follows: Age, 23 years; height, 5 feet 10
inches; weight, 151 lbs.; complexion, Dark; hair, Black; eyes,
He applied for a
Disability Pension from the US Army on December 29, 1879 and had
difficulty securing it due to the different spellings of his name in
Army records. When he had originally joined the Army the name was
spelled McGranner, by the time he joined the 4th Cavalry, the spelling
had changed to McGrainer, and when he applied for his pension it had
been changed to McGranor. After he passed away Mary Ann continued the
fight for Pension from the U.S. Govt. finally getting it July 23, 1890.
(From the Official
Records of the Sixty-Fourth Regiment, 4th Cavalry)
raid, the objective point of which was Lynchburg, on account of the
delay, as in the first, culminated at Trevilian Station. In the early
part of the engagement, the Fourth and Second regiments coming upon the
rear of a body of the enemy's troops which had cut off Custar's command,
by a vigorous charge of dismounted men scattered the foe, stampeding
their horses, and giving them an easy prey to Custar.
the Fourth was separated in the thick woods; one squadron under Colonel
Covode taking the right of the First Division, the remainder under Major
Biddle, moving to the centre of the brigade and holding the line near
the railroad, where it successfully held the enemy at bay.
At four P. M., the
regiment being again united, a charge was ordered. With a yell the
squadrons advanced at a run, losing forty-five men in passing a distance
of one hundred yards, but bearing down all before them. Driven from his
first position, the enemy took shelter behind the railroad embankment.
For a few minutes the contest raged with great fury, and it seemed
doubtful whether the position could be held, when Captain Martin, with
the reserve squadron, arrived most timely upon the left rear of the
enemy's line, attacking it in flank. His line wavered and the Fourth
with renewed energy pushed forward to the railroad, driving his forces
in rout and confusion. The following day was given to the destruction of
the railroad. The enemy appearing in too great force to warrant further
advance, Sheridan retired.
(From obituary for Mary Ann
Dailey McGranor) James was a Dispatch Carrier for General George
Armstrong Custer during the Civil War.
(James and Mary Ann
must have moved to Pittsburgh, Penna. shortly after the 1860 Federal
Census was done, as he joined the Army in Pittsburgh n 1861)
Thanks to Pat
Parris for this submission.
Keating, Michael Wayne. Nankin,
Michigan. Enlisted in Company E, Seventh
Cavalry, Sept. 30, 1862, at Scio, for 3 years, age 31.
Mustered Jan. 23, 1863.
Taken prisoner at Trevilian Station,
Va, June 11 1864.
Died of disease at Andersonville,
GA, Aug. 29, 1864.
Buried in National Cemetery at
Grave No. 7164
Thanks to Andrew L. Roberts
for this submission
Christian Edward Zipperer Lowndes
18, 1824 in Lowndes County, GA – d. April 21, 1914 in Coleman, FL
–Sumter County) enlisted in Captain Bird’s Mounted Company on Sept 7,
1861 at Savannah, GA. He was discharged by venture of the Conscription
Act on May 6, 1862. He enlisted in Bank’s Company of Partisan Rangers on
Nov 10, 1862, at Savannah, GA. This unit became Company B, 21 Battalion,
GA Cavalry on Feb 11, 1863. He was elected 3rd Lieutenant on
Mar 20, 1863 & was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in July
1863. He was transferred to Company E, 7th Regiment, GA
Cavalry on Feb 13, 1864. He was captured at the Trevilian Station, VA
battle on June 11, 1864 & was sent to Fort Delaware, Delaware. He
took the oath of allegiance to the US government & was released on
June 4, 1865.
Thanks to Connie Sands for this
Perkins & Andrew J. Perkins
by Larry Perkins
pic is of G.W. Perkins (his nickname was Wash this is the 1st
email I sent & obviously taken much later in life). I was able to
locate more info as his brother was in the same unit. Listed as A.J.
Perkins his name was really Andrew J Perkins (2nd pic in his
confederate uniform…attached ): A.J. Perkins enlisted June 23,
1863 at Charleston with Capt. Miller. Pvt. Perkins was with the 21st
Battalion, Georgia Cavalry, Co. C until, through consolidation of units,
he was transferred to Co. B, 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry. On
June 11, '64 Pvt. Perkins lost his horse during the Battle of Trevillian
Station, Va. Records show that Pvt. A.J. Perkins was present on all roll
calls through December.
Nathaniel Perkins of
Fluvanna County , 15th Va Cavalry
Commanders: Lunsford Lomax
and Fitzhugh Lee
Nathaniel enlisted Febuary
15th 1864 at Orange Courthouse. According to his muster
record, he was " never paid " and died of wounds received
To quote an article in the
Richmond Sentinel Febuary 10, 1865 :
"Among the gallant
young men who fell in the battle of Trevilians, was Nathaniel
Perkins of Fluvanna County, Va, age 24 years. He was wounded
in the lung and died 8 or 10 days later. "
Nathaniel was the son of my
father's g-aunt. I have no record of his burial. I found
the family cemetery, and Nathan is not there, so I'm guessing he was
buried on the battlefield or in the little cemetery by the railroad
track (Oakland Cemetery, Town of Louisa, VA).
Submitted by Judith Johnson
Bon Air, Virginia