Edmondson, William Beattie

Photo:  37th VA Infantry battle flag37th_VA_InfAge at Enlistment: 23

Length of Service: 1861-1864

State:  Virginia

Rank:  Lt

Unit:    37th VA Infantry Regiment

Service Record:  Enlisted at Abingdon, VA in Co. H as a 2Lt. on 24 Jul 1861 at the age of 22; formally elected on 22 Apr 1862; about Aug 1862 he was promoted to 1Lt and commanded Company H; was wounded in action (gunshot wound) on 6 May 1863 and sent from Richmond to Emory and Henry College Hospital, arriving 7 May 1863; wounded in action again at Fisher’s Hill and captured near Strasburg, VA on 26 Sep 1864; he was first sent to Sheridan field hospital in Winchester on 6 Oct 1864 (wounds described as both thighs – gun shot); then was sent by federal troops to US Army general hospital in Baltimore; wound described as “flesh wound across both thighs from minie ball; simple dressing”); he was sent from Point Lookout union prison to Baltimore Hospital on 23 Nov 1864; was sent to Old Capitol prison in Washington D.C. on 3 Jan 1865; was then sent to Ft. Delaware prison on 4 Feb 1865; paroled and forwarded to City Point, VA for exchange on 27 Feb 1865; arrived at Chimbrazo Hospital, Richmond, VA on 5 Mar 1865 with left knee wound/infection; he was released to return home to Washington Co., VA likely at war’s end.

Survived War:  Yes

Cemetery / Burial:  Glade Spring Baptist Cemetery, Glade Spring, Washington Co., VA

Soldier Info: Born in Washington Co., VA in 1838; Died in Washington Co., VA in 1876

Relationship to Author:  2nd cousin 5x