Book Progress: I have
covered the time parameters from pre War to the Battle of Cedar Creek. This
includes the Battles of Cloyds Mountain (New River Campaign), Lynchburg
Campaign (Piedmont, Panther Gap, Lexington, and Lynchburg), Shenandoah Campaigns
(Battles of Snickers Ferry, New Creek, Barryville, 2nd Kernstown, 3rd
Winchester or Opequon Creek, Fishers Hill, Hupps Hill and Cedar Creek).
I have some work finished for 1865. They include the capture of General Kelley
and Crook. I will add the Petersburg Campaign (Hatcher's Run, Fort Whitworth/Fort
Gregg), Appomattox Campaign ( Battle of Long Bridge and Appomattox
Court House). Since so little is written on the 11th, I am relying on Official
Records, Anecdotes, letters, and journals. I may have to rename the
Book the 11th West Virginia, 3rd Brigade, Army of West Virginia since I do
have some written records from other books. I am also including information
on soldiers returning from the war, that is, medical issues, etc., (Loss
of Limbs, etc.,)
Since I have not gotten many replies for stories or anecdotes for
the writing. I can and will edit these pages IF I receive more data
on the 11th and its soldiers. PLEASE send me your ancestors stories.
I have been busy adding cemetery or location of death records.
Since so many graves have been vandalized, grown over, or no longer recognizable
(sandstones worn) , I have been very active finding many of the soldiers
by the West Virginia Library death records on-line. I have tried to note
each soldier found that way in the remarks section. I used their birth
dates compared to the age of muster and found many that way. Hopefully there
are no mistakes. Please email me if you have absolute proof otherwise.
Also I have been using the help
of a Wirt County cemetery experts, Mr. Mark Bailey and his father, as well
as the SUV Grave Registrations, Find-A-Grave site, and the CW indexes of
soldiers and Roll of Honor. I have now posted 581 graves, photos and places of death.