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Battle of Jonesville

Pam Marks
James Washington Smith (1814-1864) served in the Civil War in Company K, VA 8th Cavalry. James, called by his middle name of "Washington", was a bugler, and enlisted December 17, 1861. Company K was also called Big Sandy Rangers, and fought for the Confederate side during the Civil War. "Washington" was wounded in the Battle of Jonesville, Lee County, Virginia. The battle took place on January 3, 1864. Confederate General William E. Jones, assisted by Colonel A.L. Pridemore, defeated a Union Force and captured the battalion. The Union battalion, under the direction of Major Beers, surrendered with 383 men, 3 pieces of light artillery, and 27 6-mule teams. Only two of Pridemore's men were killed in the battle, and four wounded. About that many were killed and wounded from General Jone's brigade. The Union troops lost 40 men, killed and wounded. Union troops burned the courthouse, located in the heart of Jonesville, in 1864. They also burned down Franklin Academy, claiming that it had been used as a Confederate Hospital.
Washington Smith died of gangrene, from complications of a knee wound. He is buried there.

(JAMES W. SMITH, husband of Jane R. Garrett
HH #509, 43 CO. K, Bugler, Enlisted 17 Dec 1861)

Company K was involved in the following battles:
Camp Creek, Stone River Valley, WVA May 1, 1862
Giles Court House May 10, 1862
Lewisburg, WVA May 23, 1862
Jenkins Raid into Ohio Aug.22-Sept. 19, 1862
Weston, WVA Aug. 30, 1862
Glenville, WVA Aug. 31, 1862
White Sulphur Springs, WVA Aug. 26-27, 1863
Rogersville, TN Nov. 6, 1863
Jonesville, VA Jan. 3, 1864

Info is provided by Lambert's Papers 4:13....The Smith household was included in the 1850 and 1860 census of Wayne Co. One great granddaughter, Pauline Smith Gilkerson, recalls seeing a picture of James Washington, which had a lock of his red hair attached.

Alternative dob for Washington, per "Bloss-Pyles-Ross-Sellards" book by Harry Sellards Jr., of 11/4/1818.

Wayne County Census of 7/29/1850 has listed: James W., 36 year-old farmer, dwelling 248, living with Jane, age 26 and the following children: William F. age 3, Sarah E. age 2, and James M., age 1.

Please looked under "mystery photos" for a possible photo of James Washington Smith.
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