Buchanan, Samuel A.

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Photo: 50th VA Infantry Battle flag and the 5th VA Infantry battle flag

50th VA Infantry battle flag

Age at Enlistment: 21

Length of Service: 1862-1865

State: Virginia

Rank: Pvt

Unit: 50th VA Infantry Regiment; 5th VA Infantry Regiment

Service Record:   Enlisted in Co. E of the 5th VA at Staunton, VA 19 Mar 1862; discharged by the medical board 20 Apr 1862; Joined up with the 50th VA Infantry (Co. E) (date sometime after 1863); captured with the regiment at Waynesboro, Va. 2 Mar 1865; sent to Ft. Delaware and died of small pox 21 Jun 1865; on 21 Nov 1866 his Uncle requested his remains from the union cemetery at Ft. Delaware. It is unclear if the commander complied. Whether he did or not, there is still a marker for him at Finn’s Point (see below).

Survived War: No

Cemetery/Burial: Finn’s Point National Cemetery, R.F.D. No. 3, Box 542 Fort Mott Road Salem, NJ 08079, Site 279

Top Left: Fort Delaware around 1865; Top is the Confederate Dead monument at Finn’s Pt.

Soldier Info:  Born at Chatham Hill, Smyth Co., Va. in 1840; Fort Delaware Union prison in 1865

Relationship to Author: 3rd cousin 6x