Civil War Soldiers
in the Geneva Cemetery
Introduction: There are 17 Civil War soldiers buried in the Geneva Cemetery. Sixteen (16) of these soldiers served in the Confederacy and one (1) served in the Union. The remains of one (1) additional Confederate soldier was removed and re-interred at a different location by his family. Copies of the Service Records for these gallant soldiers and information on their units are located in the Geneva Historical Museum. Below is information about each soldier in the cemetery.
BAKER, Henry -was born in Virginia on 29 Oct 1840. He enlisted as a Private in Company "D", 19th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Howardsville, Virginia, on 19 Apr 1861 and mustered in at Charlottesville on 10 May 1861. He was elected 2nd Lieutenant 28 Apr 1862. He was wounded at Gaines Mill, Virginia on 27 Jun 1862. Henry was promoted to First Lieutenant on 30 Jan 1863. He was captured at Hatcher’s Run, Virginia on 31 Mar 1865 and taken first to Old Capital Prison in Washington, D.C., then to Johnson Island, a Union prison in Sandusky Bay of Lake Erie, Ohio. Henry took the Oath of Allegiance to the Union and was released near Sandusky, Ohio on 17 Jun 1865.
GEIGER, Jacob S. -served as a Private in Company "B", Florida 1st Cavalry Regiment. He enlisted on 30 Oct 1861 at Camp Davis, Florida, for 12 months. The first muster roll for period 30 Oct 61-28 Feb 62 shows him present. The next muster roll for period 30 Apr-30 Nov 62 shows that Jacob was absent, sick in Florida since 1 May 62 as does the muster roll for 11 Nov 62-12 Feb 63. The next roll reports that he is "Absent without Leave" since 1 May 62. He obviously went home on 1 May 1862 and never returned to duty. The final roll shows that he was discharged on 25 Feb 1863 due to expiration of term of service. Jacob was born in 1824 and died 2 Feb 1896 in Geneva. He is buried in gravesite 24-g in the Geneva Cemetery.
HART, Christopher -served as a 1st Lieutenant in Captain Slone’s Company, Florida 7th Infantry Regiment. This company later became Company "F". He enlisted at Camp Lee, Florida on 11 April 1862 for 3 years or the duration of the war. There are numerous entries in his service record. At one time in 1862 he signed the roll as the Commanding Officer of the company. He was listed as absent due to sickness during late 1863. In early 1864 he is shown to be "Absent without Leave". There are other documents where he signed for rations for the Company and pay for himself. The pay for a 1st Lieutenant was $90.00 per month. After the war Christopher settled in Geneva where he died in 1892 and is buried in gravesite 18-b in the Geneva Cemetery.
HART, Isaiah -was born on 18 Dec 1845 in Marion County, Florida. Records show that he enlisted as a Private in Company "H", Florida 5th Cavalry Battalion, on 1 Aug 1864 at Rock Springs. He remained in the service until the end of the war and was paroled on 20 May 1865 at Waldo, East Florida.
HEATH, George -The Civil War grave marker for George A. Heath shows that he was in the 14th Georgia Infantry Regiment. The George Heath in that unit is actually a George D. Heath. George A. Heath was born in New York and first shows up in Geneva in the 1885 census as a Doctor, along with a housekeeper, also from New York. His name is not listed in the Roster of Confederate Soldiers or the WPA Veterans Grave Registration. It is unlikely that he served in the CSA.
HOLDER, Andrew J. -was born in Monroe County, Georgia on 13 Dec 1835. He enlisted as a Private in Company "D", 31st Georgia Infantry Regiment on 10 May 1862 in Savannah, Georgia. He was transferred to Company "D", 45th Georgia Infantry Regiment in Feb 1863 where he was later promoted to 3rd Corporal. Andrew was wounded at the battle of The Wilderness, Virginia, on 6 May 1864. His unit surrendered and was paroled at Appomattox Court House on 9 Apr 1865.
LOCKETT, William C.- was born in Forsyth, Georgia. On 20 April 1861 he enlisted as a Private in Company "D", Georgia 2nd Independent Infantry Battalion in Macon, Georgia. (This company subsequently became Company "B", Georgia 2nd Infantry Battalion). His enlistment was for 12 months. A Muster Roll for Jul-Aug 61 shows that he was present but sick in camp. The Sep-Oct Muster Roll lists him as "absent on special duty by order of General Huger". In the Sep-Oct Muster roll Private Lockett was detached as Wagon and Forage Master. In early 1863 he was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant. While on detached duty and staying in a hotel in Richmond, Virginia, Sgt. Lockett became sick. He remained in the hotel for some time, then was given a 30 day sick furlough. Records show that he was either in the hotel or at home on sick furlough from 21 Feb 63 until 17 Jul 63. The final Muster Roll in his records is for the period Sep-Oct 64 and he is listed present for duty.
MORAN, Andrew -enlisted as a Private in Company "A", 14th Georgia Infantry Regiment, CSA, on 30 Mar 1864 in Monroe County, Georgia. The unit was called the "Confederate Volunteers". Andrew was wounded at the battle of The Wilderness in Virginia on 6 May 1864. The muster roll for 28 Feb 1865 shows him present for duty. He was paroled on 9 Apr 1865 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia when his unit surrendered.
MORROW, James H.- enlisted as a Private in Company "B", Florida 4th Infantry Battalion, on 27 October 1863 in Madison County, Florida. He would receive a $50.00 bounty for signing up. He was appointed from the ranks to 2nd Sergeant on 20 Dec 1863. On 18 Jul 1864 he was admitted to the hospital in Petersburg, Virginia for Chronic Diarrhea (Dysentery). James was reduced in rank from 2nd Sergeant to Private on 23 Jul 1864. He was transferred to the General Hospital at Howard’s Grove in Richmond on 24 Jul 1864. On 29 Aug 1864, he was given a 60 day sick furlough. The next entry in his military service records state that he died on 17 Sep 1864. This was the last entry in his file. This entry would indicate that he died while at home on sick furlough. However, Geneva cemetery records show that he died on 15 Oct 1888, and is buried in gravesite 41-e. It seems that someone reported his death to the CSA while he was at home on sick furlough!
MURPHY, James M. -was a Private in Company "E", 23rd Georgia Infantry Regiment (Tate Guards). He enlisted at Camp McDonald in Pickens County, Georgia on 5 Sep 1861. He was issued military clothing on 9 Sep 1861 and received his first pay on 31 Oct of that year. Muster Rolls for Nov-Dec 61 and Jan-Feb 62 show him present. On 7 Apr 1862 he was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital Nr. 2 at Richmond, Virginia for Debility. He was released on 29 Apr 62. On 8 May 1862 he was again admitted to Chimborazo Hospital, this time for Bronchitis. This was the last entry in his service record. However, he survived the war and later moved to Geneva. James died on 28 Aug 1893 and is buried in gravesite 54-a in the Geneva Cemetery.
NIBLO, Alexander- was born in 1828 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Prior to enlisting in the Union Army he was a plasterer. On 11 Aug 1862, at the age of 34, he joined the Union in Salem, Ohio for a period of 3 years. He was a Private in Company "G", 104th Ohio Infantry Regiment. He was paid a bounty of 25 dollars upon enlistment and had another 75 dollars due to him. He was mustered into service on 30 August 1862 at Camp Massillon, Ohio. He was promoted to Corporal on 31 Jan 63. He was mustered out of the service on 17 Jun 65 at Greensboro, North Carolina and was still owed 75 dollars bounty.
NICHOLSON, Jasper J.- was born in Georgia on 30 Nov 1843. He enlisted as a Private in Company "F", Georgia 46th Infantry Regiment on 4 Mar 1862 in Preston, Webster County, Georgia. He was paid a bounty of $50.00 for enlisting. He was subsequently promoted to Corporal. Company Muster rolls show that Jasper was present for duty throughout 1862 and most of 1863. He was on furlough from 21 Dec 63 until 5 Jan 64, obviously over the Christmas holidays. He was again on furlough from 22 Jan 64 until 3 Mar 64. There are receipts where he signed for clothing on 20 Mar 64, 20 Apr 64, and 28 Jun 64, and a Muster Roll for the period Jul-Aug 64 that reports him present. (In the application for Widow’s Pension filed by Georgia A. Nicholson, after Jasper died, she states that Jasper was wounded at Taylor’s Ridge near Dalton, Georgia in Sep 1864. However, military records do not mention that he was wounded. The final Muster Roll at the time of surrender in Apr 65 only states that he was absent and sick since 16 Oct 1864.) His unit surrendered at Durham Station, North Carolina on 26 Apr 65 and was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina on 1 May 1865. Jasper was not present in the unit at the surrender.
PATTISHALL,Daniel - was born in Georgia on 18 Jan 1835. There is information, source unknown, that states that Daniel was drafted into the CSA and assigned to Company K, Georgia 62nd Infantry Regiment in Macon, Georgia on 16 May 1862 as a Private. He furnished a substitute, Robert S. Taylor, to take his place and Daniel was discharged the same day. It was a common practice early in the war for a "family of means" to hire a substitute to go to war for him. This practice was stopped by virtue of revisions in the law in 1863 and 1864. There is a document signed by Governor Brown dated 10 Mar 1864 appointing Daniel as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Company, Dooly County Militia. Family history says that Daniel served as a Surgeon during the Battle of Atlanta. This unit perhaps became the Georgia 3rd Infantry Regiment, Militia. No other record of this service was found. According to a Widow’s Pension Application filed after his death, in May 1864 he enlisted in Company "E", Georgia 6th Infantry Regiment, Militia. Little is known of his service in this unit except for a statement by Captain Westbrook, who was in charge of Company "E". He stated that Daniel was a Physician and at some point in time was transferred to the hospital. Capt Westbrook states that Daniel Pattishall was not with him at the close of the war. There is also an Oath of Allegiance to the Union dated 24 May 1865 by Daniel, which shows that he was a Surgeon in the 7th Regiment of Georgia Militia at the time he was pardoned.
POWELL, Lewis Thornton -signed up for Confederate service on 30 May 1861 in Jasper, Hamilton County, Florida. The official records show him "joined for duty and enrolled" on 4 Jun 1861. The unit was the "Hamilton Blues", under the command of Captain Henry I. Stewart. According to military records, Lewis was 19 years old. The "Hamilton Blues" traveled to Camp Virginia near Jacksonville, where they were mustered in on 13 Jul 1861. This unit became the 7th Company, 2nd Regiment, Florida Infantry, and later became Company "I", 2nd Regiment, Florida Infantry. After leaving Jacksonville, the unit headed north. Private Powell is listed as a patient on a register of the sick in Nov 1862 in Florida Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. On 2 Jul 1863, Powell suffered a gunshot wound to his right wrist during the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was captured and sent to the Union’s 12th Army Corps Field Hospital in Gettysburg. He was later sent to Letterman General Hospital and is on a list of Prisoners of War in that hospital on 10 August 1863. On 2 Sep 1863 he was transferred to the U. S. General Hospital at Baltimore, Maryland. Five days later, on 7 Sep 1863, Powell escaped from the Union Hospital. He continued to be listed as a Prisoner of War on the rolls of the 2nd Florida Infantry Regiment through Feb 1865. After escaping from the Union Hospital in Baltimore, Lewis Powell headed for Virginia. On the way he came upon a Union camp, introduced himself as Lewis Paine, and convinced them he was a civilian trying to make his way home. No doubt Powell had heard the stories about Mosby’s Rangers whose unit had been mustered into Confederate service on 10 Jun 1863. Powell made his way to the camp of Major John S. Mosby and joined his unit. Technically, Powell remained in this unit until he was captured and later hanged in Washington, D.C., having been implicated in the plot to assassinate President Lincoln. Click here for more of that story > Lewis Powell
PREVATT, James W. -was born on 7 Feb 1825. He enlisted as a Private in Company "B", Florida 2nd Cavalry Regiment on 3 Mar 1863. The last unit muster roll on file dated 31 Aug 64 reports that he was captured on 8 Feb 1864 at Camp Finegan, Florida (near Olustee-named for CSA General Joseph Finegan). The report also shows that James took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States Government and was released. No later record has been found. James died in Geneva on 27 Feb 1884 and is buried in gravesite 83-dd in the Geneva Cemetery.
PROCTOR, William J. -enlisted in Company "D" Georgia 45th Infantry Regiment on 4 March 1862 at Forsyth, Georgia. He was captured on 25 March 1865 near Petersburg, Virginia and taken to the Union prisoner-of-war camp at Point Lookout, Maryland. His unit was surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia on 9 April 1865, however, William was not released from the Union prison until 16 June 1865. The Proctor’s migrated to Geneva by 1885 as evidenced by the state census. William, his wife, 3 sons and 3 daughters are listed in the 1885 census. William was a surveyor. His wife, Susie, died in Geneva in 1886 and is buried in gravesite 5-c in the Geneva cemetery. On 19 July 1898, William returned to Clarke County, Georgia, where, on 14 October 1919, he filed for a pension based on his Confederate service. William died in Athens, Georgia in 1923 and his remains were brought back to Geneva and buried in gravesite 5-d in the Geneva Cemetery.
PURDOM, James H. -served as a Private in Company "B", Florida 2nd Cavalry Regiment. James died in Geneva on 15 Jul 1915. He was buried in gravesite 106 in the Geneva Cemetery. His body was later removed by his family and relocated.
RAULERSON, Wade H. -was born on 30 May 1838 in Wayne County, Georgia. In July 1863, in Volusia County, Florida, he enlisted in Starke’s Company, later Company "H", Florida 5th Cavalry Battalion. He was paroled in Waldo, Florida on 10 May 1865 when his unit was surrendered at Tallahassee.
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