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Sat., Sept. 20th, 2014 9:30am
Alamo Truck Stop
Sparks, NV
Private Room adjoining the Coffee Shop. It is easy to get to and is visible from I-80 on the south side of the freeway facing Gregg St between Vista and Sparks Blvd. The parking is also easy.


Sat., April 19th, 2014 11:00am
Masonic Lodge /
Escurial #7
Virginia City, NV
164 C Street, Virginia City, NV. This is directly across from the Fire Station. "C" is the main street.


Sat., May 10th, 2014 6:00pm
Lee/Jackson Dinner
Sands Casino
345 N. Arlington Ave, Reno, NV.
Upstairs in the Regency Towers Banquet Rooms.

Nevada Confederate Veterans

Confederate veterans historically, politically, socially, and culturally contributed to the growth and development of Nevada. Below are biographical sketches of pioneers and prominent men who were proud of their Confederate military service and of their Southern heritage.


minusALEXANDREW(?), George W.

Orderly Sergeant, Co. C(?) 27(?) Virginia(?) Cavalry(?)

1890 Special Virginia City Census: Orderly Sergeant Co. C 37 Vol. Alabama Calvary

No George Alexander located in either Calvary Unit
There was no 37th Alabama Calvary (was Infantry Unit, no Company "C" in Infantry Unit)

Possible Match: Alexandrew, George W., Private, Co. G 37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers), Men from Franklin County Virginia

George Alexandrew was a prisoner from 19 SEP 1864 - 1 NOV 1864, captured at Winchester, Virginia in the "Third Battle of Winchester"

George Alexander enlisted in October, 1861, and was discharged in 1865, after serving four years. In 1890, he was living in Virginia City. (Eleventh Census of the United States, Veterans of the Civil War (Nevada Bundle 100) [ECUS,VCW], 1890, Virginia City, County of Storey).

minusBIRKES, James H.

Sergeant, Co. H, 1st Arkansas Cavalry

James H. Birkes enlisted "about July, 1862", and "Died October 11, 1863", after serving approximately one year and two months. Information was provided on the veterans census record from Mrs. Missouri Brewer, widow of James H. Birkes. Listed in the CWSS is J.H. Birkes, Private, Co. A, 31st Arkansas Infantry. It is unknown if these two soldiers are the same person. (CWSS System, 2003; ECUS,VCW, 1890, Tuscarora, County of Elko

minusBLENNERHASSETT, E.

Confederate Army, unit unknown

E. Blennerhassett was a native of South Carolina who served in an unknown capacity in the Confederate Army. In 1870, he moved to Nevada. He became Chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee and was a Democratic Presidential Elector for Tilden. (Angel, 1881, p. 460)

minusBROWDER, Samuel Alexander

Confederate Soldier, unit unknown.

Samuel BrowderSamuel Alexander Browder was born on September 16, 1850, in Slaughtersville, Kentucky. He served in an unknown capacity and his obituary notes, "He was a Confederate soldier". He was a miner who resided in Fallon for over 42 years. He died on April 6, 1922, and is buried in Churchill County Cemetery, Fallon. (Staff, Churchill County Recorder Book 3, p. 109).

minusBURNER, Elijah

Confederate Army, unit unknown

Elijah BurnerElijah Burner was a resident of Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, born 19 MAR 1830, who emigrated to Elko after the war. He started a ranch in what is now known as Burner Basin, about six miles east of Elko. Elijah died 24 OCT 1881 in Elko, Elko, Nevada. Interned at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Elko, Elko Nevada (Jack Keyser, descendent of Burner, personal communication with George Martin, Month, Date, Year)

minusCOLYER, Samuel Black

Private, Co. C, 6th Kentucky Infantry

Samuel Black Colyer enlisted on September 1, 1861, and was discharged on June 1, 1865. His length of service was three years and eight months. On January 14, 1862, he enlisted in the cavalry as a corporal. Samuel was transferred to Company C, 6th Kentucky Cavalry on February 1, 1863. He was discharged as a private. In 1876, he was a member of The Order of Union and Confederate Veterans of Virginia City. Samuel died at 52 years of age on October 10, 1890, in Storey, County. (CWSS System, 2003; ECUS,VCW, 1890, in the Outside District, County of Storey, p.(?) ; Staff, 1876, December 8, p. 4; Staff, 1890, October (?), p.(?) )

A copy of Samuel Colyer's obit appears here

minusD....(?), William L(?)

Private, Co. A, 13th Mississippi(?) Infantry

William D....(?) enlisted on May 13, 1861, and was discharged in 1863. Remarks on the census record state he was discharged from prison on June 15, 1865. In June, 1890, William had a Post Office address of Ely. (ECUS, VCW, 1890, Ely, County of White Pine)

minusDYER, George M.

Commissary Department, unit unknown

George M. Dyer was born on January 26, 1828, in Missouri. He moved to California as a young adult. But upon secession, George returned to the South and enlisted in its service in the Commissary Department until 1863. He later returned to Nevada and started a career in merchandising in Austin. George was elected the Treasurer of Lander County. In 1898, he became the Auditor and Recorder of Lander County serving in both positions until his death on March 19, 1903. (Wren, 1904, p. 351-2)

A bio of George exists at this location

Information on a Nevada Supreme Court Cases involving George is shown here

minusEDGECOMB/EDGECOB, John

2nd Sergeant, Co. H, 13th Louisiana Infantry

John Edgecomb/Edgecob is listed in the veterans census as John Edgecob. He is listed as John Edgecomb in the CWSS. Both sources list him as a member of Co. H, 13th Louisiana Infantry. According to the veterans census, he entered service "about 1861" and served for one year and two months. In June, 1890, John listed his Post Office address as Tuscaraora, Elko County. (CWSS System, 2003; ECUS,VCW, 1890, County of Elko)

minusELLIS, Adrian Collier

Adjutant General, General Little's Brigade

Adrian EllisAdrian Chase Ellis was born on July 12, 1840, in Richmond, Ray County, Missouri. He graduated Law School, State University, Louisville, Kentucky on February 27, 1859. He practiced law in Richmond, Missouri. Adrian married Lucie Rives Cobb in March, 1860. In 1861, he joined the Confederate army under Colonel B.A. Rives. He later was an Adjutant of General Little's Brigade, and then of his own regiment. Colonel Rives was killed during the Pea Ridge campaign and Adrian was sent by General Price to exhume the Colonel's body and convey it to Ray County for reburial. In 1863, Adrian moved to Carson City with his family. He died 19 MAR 1912, In Salt Lake City, Utah. He is interned in Mount Olivet Cemetary, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah Plot: P_12_6 - 1/2 & 5 (Angel, 1881, p. __ )

There is a report that Col. Ellis was enroute to federal prison as a Confederate Prisoner of War and escaping before moving to Carson City, NV. He was a democratic candidate for Governor, as well as for Congress.

Biographical Information on Col. Adrian C. Ellis may be found here

Tombstone of Col. Adrian C. Ellis

minusFIRMAN(?), George

Captain, 11th Louisiana

George Firman(?) enlisted in January, 1862, and was discharged in July, 1864, after serving two years and five months. In June, 1890, Thomas was living in Hot Creek Township with a Post Office address of Tybo, County of Nye. In the CWSS System there is a George Firman listed as a Captain, Benjamin's Co., Louisiana Cavalry. It is unknown if these two soldiers are the same person. (CWSS System, 2003; ECUS,VCW, 1890, Hot Creek Township, County of Nye)

minusFITZGERALD, Adolphus Leigh

Ordinance Sergeant, 3rd North Carolina Cavalry

Adolphus FitzgeraldAdolphus Leigh Fitzgerald was a North Carolina native born October 27, 1840 in Rockingham County. He graduated the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor's degree in 1861, and earned his Master's degree in 1862. He enlisted as a private in Company C, 3rd NC Cavalry on March 14, 1862. Promotion to ordinance sergeant occurred on July 30, 1864, when he transferred to company S where he served until the end of the war. Adolphus participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Petersburg, and the siege of Richmond. After the war he was a professor of Latin and Greek at the Pacific Methodist College at Vacaville, California. He later became California's Deputy State Superintendent of Instruction, and president of the college which relocated to Santa Rosa, CA. Adolphus was admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court of CA in January, 1878. He moved to Eureka, Nevada where he practiced law. In 1887, he was elected District Judge, a position he held until January 1, 1890, when by election he became a member of the Nevada State Supreme Court. Adolphus died in Boston, Massachusetts on August 31, 1921, at the home of his son. (CWSS System, 2003; Staff, 1921, September 1, p. (?) ; Staff, 1921, September 9, p.(?); Wren, 1904, p. 386-7)

Supreme Court Memorial of Hon. Adolphus Fitzgerald

Some additional info on Hon. Adolphus Fitzgerald can be found here

Book on silver by Adolphus Fitzgerald

minusGEARING, Franklin A.G.

Major, Co. L, 1st Texas

Franklin GearingFranklin A.G. Gearing enlisted on September 1, 1862, and was discharged on April 18, 1865 after serving three years, three months, and eight days. According to the veterans census, he received several injuries and disabilities during the war including, "loss use of left arm and shoulder, shot in left leg right side". Other remarks noted state, "pittance got for injured leg and arm(?)". In June, 1890, Franklin was living in the Outside District, County of Storey with a Post Office address of Virginia City. Maj. Gearing died 1 SEP 1921, in Virginia City, Storey, Nevada. He is buried in the Silver Terrace Cemetery (Masonic Section), Plot E4-002-RM (CWSS System, 2003; ECUS,VCW,1890, County of Elko)

Tombstone of Major Gearing

minusGILBERT(?), John B.

Private, Co. D, 5th Conf.(?) Infantry

John B. Gilbert(?) enlisted on May 8th 1861, and was discharged on September 17th 1863, after serving two years, four months, and nine days. In June, 1890, John was living in Pahranagat Lake Mining District, County of Lincoln with a Post Office address of Hiko. (ECUS,VCW, 1890, County of Lincoln)

minusGRIEVES, Thomas S.

Private, Co. G, 18th Missouri

Thomas S. Grieves enlisted in August, 1861, and was discharged in July, 1864. His length of service was two years and six months. In June, 1890, Thomas was living in Hot Creek Township with a Post Office address of Tybo, County of Nye. (ECUS,VCW, 1890, Hot Creek Township, County of Nye)

minusGRIFFIN, John

Private, 1st Virginia(?)

John Griffin enlisted August 1, 1862, and was discharged after serving for three years. In June, 1890, John had a Post Office address of Belmont, County of Nye. (ECUS,VCW, 1890, Belmont, County of Nye)

minusHALSTEAD, George W.

Confederate Service, unit unknown

George W. Halstead was a native of Virginia. His first wife was Rosa Halstead. On November, 8, 1887, he married Mary Ann Reagan of Ebenhart, Nevada. George was known as one of the best farmers and gardeners in the state. In June, 1890, George had a Post Office address of Duckwater, Nye County. (ECUS,VCW,1890, Duckwater, County of Nye; Staff, 1913, May 18, p. 11)

minusHAMILTON, James R.

Private, Co. F(?), 1st Texas(?) Cavalry

James R. Hamilton enlisted on March 10, 1862, and was discharged on February 5, 1865, after serving two years, ten months, and twenty-six days. Listed in the CWSS is James R. Hamilton, Private 1st Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Yager's) (1st Mounted Rifles). It is unknown if these two soldiers are the same person. In June, 1890, James had a Post Office address of Tuscarora, Elko County. (CWSS System, 2003; ECUS,VCW,1890, County of Elko)

minusHOLLAND, Jacob F.

Private, Co. J, Alabama

Jacob HollandJacob F. Holland enlisted "after 1861", and was discharged in 1865, after serving for four years. In June, 1890, he had a Post Office address of Mason Valley, County of Lyon. He died 1919. He is interned in Valley View Cemetery, Yerrington, Lyon, Nevada (ECUS,VCW, 1890, County of Lyon)

minusHOPKINS, Henry St. George

Lieutenant Colonel and Surgeon

Henry St. Cloud HopkinsHenry St. George Hopkins was born circa 1835 in Winchester, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania He became a resident of Baltimore, Maryland. Henry enlisted as Private in Co. H, 27th Virginia Infantry. He was discharged and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on June 1, 1861, and commissioned as a staff officer for Colonel William P. Nelson. He was transferred to the Medical Department, C. S. A. and placed in charge of the Ambulance Corps (Surgeon in Charge), Richmond. He was also Chief Surgeon on the staff of General Ruggles. He was paroled at Augusta, Georgia. After the war he was a physician and surgeon who opened a practice in Elko, Nevada with his partner Franklin J. White from Virginia. In June 1870, their practice was reestablished in Virginia City, Nevada. In January 1871, their office was upstairs in the rear of Sutter-Lee's Gallery, corner 'C' and Taylor Streets. Henry was one of the first officers of the Silver Lodge of Perfection Scottish Rite, No. 1, organized in Virginia City, April 25, 1874. In October 1875, Henry and Franklin's medical office was located at Cole's Drug Store. Later Henry took an office in Mrs. Mowdell's building on South 'C' Street around December 1875. In May 1876, the office was recorded as Rooms 1 and 7, Singleton Building near the Territorial Enterprise Office. Henry served as Chairman of the Committee of Arrangements for the first Order of Union and Confederate Veterans (O. U. & C. V.) Grand Reception and Ball held January 8, 1877 at Cooper's Hall in Virginia City, Nevada. He relocated to Oakland, California circa 1877, residing at 1417 Grove Street. His wife, Katie D., died of an accidentally inflicted gunshot wound (established as accidental) at home on January 27, 1881. Henry and Katie had four children: Evelyn P. 13, born in Maryland; Frank D. 11, born in Maryland; Mary M. 9, born in Nevada; and Alice H. 5, born in California. In 1881, he settled in Fresno, California where he was a member of the Sterling Price Camp, United Confederate Veterans. Henry died in Fresno on June 25, 1914, at age 80. (Angel, 1881, p. 250). Need: (Nevada State Journal, dates, Territorial Enterprise, dates; Sagebrush Doctors, Edna B. Patterson, p. 64, need full reference)

Henry St. George Hopkins was awarded the rare Confederate Cross of Honor

Tombstone of Dr. Hopkins

Additional Information on Dr. Hopkins may be found here

minusHOUSE, Azariah C.

Private, Co. G, 47th Tennessee Infantry

A.C. House was a native of Tennessee born circa 1835. In the CWSS System is listed A. House, Private, Co. G, 47th Tennessee Infantry. He arrived in White Pine County in the early 1880's. He operated meat markets at various times in Cherry Creek, Taylor, and Ely. He reportedly was a very generous and kindhearted to the poor man, and was never known to turn a man woman, or child away from his shop hungry. In 1896, he was a $2.00 contributor to the Samuel Davis Monument Fund. He was elected county assessor (White Pine County) on the Democratic ticket. He was also a State Senator of White Pine County from 1908, until his death. A.C. died in Reno on January 27, 1911. His body was shipped to Trimble, Tennessee for interment. He is interned in Pettus Cemetery, Gibson County, TN (CWSS System, 2003; Staff, 1986, March, p. 131; Staff, 1911, January 28, p. 1,6; Staff, 1924, p. 342)

Azariah served as the Chair for the Senate Federal Relations Committee

Azariah was a member of the Mason's.

Azariah was memorialized in the State Senate in 1911, Senate Resolution #3

Here are several Articles in local newspapers from 1908-1911 mentioning Azariah, his illness, death and travel to Trimble, TN for internment.Sen. House Articles (zip)

minusHUNT, Dennis Lafayette

Private Co. A, 2nd Missouri Cavalry

Dennis Lafayette Hunt was a native of Missouri who enlisted in August, 1861, and was discharged in May, 1864, after serving two years and nine months. In June, 1890, Dennis had a Post Office address of Reno. Dennis died March 15, 1920, at the age of 82. He is buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Reno. (ECUS, VCW, 1890, Reno; Staff, 1920, March 19, p. 3)

minusKEYSER, Joseph Linn

Confederate Army, unit unknown

Franklin GearingJoseph Linn Keyser was a native of Buncetown, Cooper County, Missouri born on November 11, 1847. He enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1864, and was captured on his way to a Camp of Instruction with other enlistees. He was never assigned to a unit. Joseph was interned at Rock Island Prisoner of War Camp for five months before being paroled at the wars end. He joined his family in Fayette, Missouri working in his father's tobacco fields. In 1868, he enrolled in William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri attending for two years, subsequently teaching for two years at a county school. He moved to Elko to join his maternal uncle Elijah Burner in 1872. He originally worked on a ranch and letter as a bookkeeper for the Elko Lumber Company. In 1876, Joseph served as a Justice of the Peace. He then relocated to Carlin, Nevada, back to Missouri, back to Elko, and to Pullman, Washington in 1882. He built way stations for the Northern Pacific Railroad and purchased the Pullman Mortuary in 1902, retiring in 1928. He died on April 21, 1934. He is buried in Elko City Cemetery, Elko, Elko County, Nevada (Jack Keyser, descendent, personal communication with George Martin, Month, Date, Year)

Photo of Joseph Keyser

minusLAND/LEACH(?), William H.

Private, Co. C, 2nd Missouri

William H. Land/Leach(?) enlisted in April, 1861, and was discharged in April, 1865, after serving four years. In June, 1890, he had a Post Office address of Wellington, County of Lyon. (ECUS,VCW, 1890, County of Lyon)

minusLOCK(?), Eugene

Private, Co. A, 12th Virginia Cavalry

Eugene Lock(?) is crossed out on the veterans census and listed as "Conf." In June, 1890, he had a Post Office address of Duckwater, Nye County. (ECUS,VCW,1890, Duckwater, County of Nye)

minusMCQUEEN, Daniel

Confederate Service, unit unknown

Daniel McQueen was a resident of Sparks in 1926. (Staff, 1926, p. 361)

minusMCVEY, John

Private, Co. B, 2nd Missouri Artillery

John McVey served from August, 1861, until April, 1865. His length of service was three years and eight months. Listed in the CWSS is a John McVey, Private, Farris Battery, Missouri Light Artillery (Clark's Artillery). In June, 1890, John was living in Reno. (CWSS System, 2003; ECUS, VCW, 1890, Reno, County of Washoe)

minusMILLER, Henry D.

Private, Co. A, 4th Missouri Cavalry

Henry D. Miller enlisted in 1861, and was discharged in July, 1985, after serving for approximately two years. In June, 1890, Henry was living in Elko County with a Post Office address of Mountain City. (ECUS,VCW,1890, Mountain City, County of Elko)

minusMINTON(?), James C.

Private, 3rd, Confederate unit unknown

James C. Minton(?) is crossed out on the veterans census and marked as "Conf". His unit is not listed; however, he enlisted on July 2, 1864, and was discharged in 1865. In June, 1890, James had a Post Office address as Unionville. (ECUS,VCW,1890, Sierra Township, County of Humboldt)

minusMOORMAN, William M

Captain, Co. H, 1st Miss. Cavalry

William M. Moorman, a native of Missouri, enlisted on June 20, 1861, and was discharged on June 22, 1865, after serving four year. He moved to Nevada and was living in Willow Creek engaged in the dairy business and keeping the stage station. In the 1880's, he settled in White River Valley of White Pine County. With his sons Will, Clarence, and Paul, he engaged in stock raising. He also had two daughters, Pearl and Maude. William and his family moved from White River to Illipah in the late 1880's, buying what was known as the Dutch Jake ranch. In June, 1890, William had a Post Office address as Ely. (ECUS, VCW, 1890, Minor Civil Division: Hamilton and White Pine; Staff, 19__, p. 390-1.)

minusO'BRIEN, John

Unknown if he is Confederate Veteran

In June, 1890, John was living in Hot Creek Township, County of Nye with a Post Office address of Morey. (ECUS,VCW, 1890, Hot Creek Township, County of Nye)

minusO'BRYAN, John

Private, Co. I, 4th Mississippi(?)

John O'Bryan enlisted on May 29, 1861, and was discharged May 27, 1865, after serving three years, nine months, and twenty-nine days. In June, 1890, John was living in Hot Creek Township with a Post Office address of Tybo, County of Nye. (ECUS,VCW, 1890, Hot Creek Township, County of Nye)

minusOTEY, William Newton Mercer

Adjutant-General Staff Officer; 1st Lieutenant, Signal Corps

William Newton Mercer Otey was born in Columbia, Tennessee. He was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute. On August 17, 1861, he enlisted as a private in the Rockrigde Artillery of Virginia under leadership of Stonewall Jackson. He was appointed 1st Lieutenant in the Signal Corps on October 10, 1862. On January 1, 1863, he was assigned as Adjutant-General on General Polk's staff and assigned May 12, 1864, to the staff of General Forest until the end of the war. Post war William entered in the mercantile business in Memphis, Tennessee. He moved to San Francisco, CA around 1872, working as a bookkeeper and cashier of the San Francisco Chronicle. William came to Nevada in the late 1870's, and was the Secretary for the Yellow Jacket Silver Mining Company, Virginia City. He received the 1881 nomination for Storey County Treasurer. (Angel, 1881, p. 608; CWSS System, 2003; Moore, 1907, p. 308)

minusOWEN, Joseph Richardson Nimmo

Surgeon, Confederate Army, unit unknown

Joseph Richardson Nimmo Owen was a native of Tuscalousa County, Alabama born on March 1, 1818. He studied science for two years at the University of Alabama in 1831. He served as a volunteer in an Alabama regiment during the Seminole War in Florida. In 1836, he enrolled at Transylvania University and subsequently became a hospital orderly serving an eight year apprenticeship at various Southern medical facilities. Joseph in 1846, served as a Hospital Steward during the Mexican War until mustered out in 1847. He settled in Butte County, California in 1850, and was engaged as a placer miner and land speculator. He opened his own medical practice in Oroville in 1860. In 1861/62, he settled in Virginia City, Nevada becoming a stockholder in the Birdsall Gold and Silver Mining Company. He also started a medical practice. He left Nevada in 1864 to serve as a surgeon in the Confederate Army. Joseph moved to Hamilton, Nevada in 1869 and was a physician. In 1870, he was acquitted in the killing of attorney Richard N. Allen on the grounds of justifiable homicide. Joseph moved to Eureka in 1876, and served as the Eureka County physician. In 1887/88, he invented and patented a pneumatic cannon. He died May 3, 1900, in Eureka at the age of 82. (Staff, 1995, April 29, p.___ )

For more information on Dr. Owen please visit: Death Valley 49'rs Keepsake

minusPEEL, Casper

Unknown if he is a Confederate Veteran

In June, 1890, Casper was living in Hot Creek Township, County of Nye with a Post Office address of Morey. (ECUS,VCW, 1890, Hot Creek Township, County of Nye)

minusRAY, Jessie B.

Private, Co. I, 1st Missouri Infantry

Jessie B. Ray enlisted on April 13, 1861, and was discharged on July 5, 1863. His length of service was two years, two months. In June, 1890, Jessie had a Post Office address of Reno. (ECUS,VCW,1890, County of Washoe)

minusROSS(?), Henry

Private, Co. C, 1st Mississippi(?) Cavalry

Henry Ross(?) enlisted on May 18, 1861, and was discharged on June 27, 1865. His length of service was four years, one month, and nine days. In June, 1890, Henry had a Post Office address of Eureka, Eureka County. (ECUS,VCW,1890, Eureka, County of Eureka)

minusSAGGERS(?), William

Lieutenant, Co. B, 15th Miss. Infantry

William Saggers(?) enlisted on May 15, 1862. Remarks on the census record indicate he was, "shot in left arm and right leg". The record also states he was discharged as a prisoner from LP(?). In June, 1890, William had a Post Office address of Osaola(?). (ECUS, VCW, 1890, Osaola, County of White Pine)

minusSAMPLE, Hiram

Sergeant, Co. I, 15th Louisiana Infantry

Hiram Sample enlisted in April, 1861, and was discharged in April, 1865, after serving four years. No disability is listed on the census; however, in 1889, he was having a severe time with a bone felon on his hand. In June, 1890, Hiram had a Post Office address of Reno, Washoe County. In 1911, he was a resident of Sacramento, Ca. (ECUS,VCW, 1890, County of Washoe; Staff, 1899, September 25, p. 1; Staff, 1911, January 20, p. 6)

minusSESSIONS, David Robert

Private, Co B (Brooks Rifle Guards), 10th South Carolina Infantry; & Cadet, Co. B, Citadel Cadets, Military Academy of South Carolina (The Citadel)

David Robert SessionsDavid Robert Sessions was a native of Georgetown, South Carolina born on February 24, 1847. He graduated Princeton University in 1868. In 1870, David arrived in Nevada. He was the first Principal-Teacher of the Nevada State University in Elko from 1874 to 1879 (called the "University Preparatory School" by the founding Board of Regents). This is the University of Nevada before it relocated to Reno. In 1879, David was elected the first Nevada State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He started working in the Law Department of the Southern Pacific Company in San Francisco, CA in 1892. He was admitted to the California bar in 1897 becoming a claims attorney. David was later called, "...the dean of American railroad claims attorneys". He helped in researching materials for Hubert Howe Bancroft in his compilations of works on the history, exploration, and development of the great west. David died at 72 years of age on January 19, 1924 in San Francisco. He was cremated and remains placed with the IOOF. (Angel, 1881 p. 224-6; Baker, 1989, p. 212; CWSS System, 2003; Jane Yates, Director, The Citadel Archives and Museum, personal communication, June, 23, 2003; Staff, 1924, January 20, p. 1)

Article on David Robert Sessions

Funeral Arrangements

minusSPARKS, John

Private, Co. I, McCord's Frontier Regiment, Texas Cavalry

John SparksJohn Sparks was a native of Winston County, Mississippi born on August 30, 1843. His family relocated to Lampasas, Texas in 1857. At 18, John became a Texas Ranger. He enlisted in McCord's Frontier Regiment Texas State Troops on December 13, 1862, at Camp Colorado. On his November/December 1863, muster roll records, his horse was valued at $300.00 and his equipment worth $50.00. On March 1, 1864, his unit was transferred to the service of the Confederate States. After the war he embarked in the cattle business in Texas and Wyoming. In 1868, he brought a herd of longhorns to Nevada and settled in Elko County. His Sparks-Harrell Ranch in northeastern Nevada was approximately equal in area to Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island combined. John married Rachel Knight in June, 1872, and they had one daughter. She died in 1878, and he married her half-sister Nora Knight. Nora and John had three sons. In 1890, they moved to the Reno area and purchased a 2,500 acre ranch called the Alamo at Moana Springs on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad between Reno and Carson City. He had one of the best Hereford cattle ranches on the West Coast, and he became a nationally known stockmen. He served as Washoe County Commissioner and was elected Governor of Nevada on the Silver Democratic ticket serving from 1903, until his death on May 22, 1908. He is interred at Masonic Memorial Gardens, Reno. (CWSS System, 2003; Staff, 1926, p. 360-1)

For more information on John Sparks please see: John Sparks on Wikipedia

minusST. CLAIR, Leonidas W.

Private, 10th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (1st Cavalry Regiment, (Wise Legion)

Leonidas St. ClairLeondias St. Clair, born 10 JUL 1845, enlisted on 17 JUL 1861, at the age of 16, and was discharged on 9 APR 1865. His length of service was three years, eight months, and twelve days. In June, 1890, Leonidas had a Post Office address of Deeth, Elko County. He died on 28 FEB 1892, in Starr Valley, Elko County at the age of 47. He is interened in Star Valley Cemetary, Elko, Elko, Nevada (CWSS System, 2003; ECUS,VCW,1890, Deeth, County of Elko; Staff, 1893, March 14, p. 2,4)

minusSTODDARD, Charles H.

Private, Co. D, 8th Louisiana Calvary

Charles H. Stoddard was a native of Camden, Alabama born on November 4, 1845. He was enrolled in a private college in Louisiana and at the outbreak of the war enlisted in March, 1863. He was discharged on (?) After the war, Charles relocated to Sacramento and then settled in Reno in 1870. He first worked as a Wells Fargo Express Messenger and later became a local agent for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. He was the Washoe County Assessor for ten years and was appointed Washoe County Recorder and Auditor in 1906 or 1907. He served as the Sergeant-at-Arms in the Twelfth Session of the Nevada State Senate. During the Spanish American War, Charles commanded Company C, 1st Nevada Battalion Infantry, US Volunteers. His unit was never called to active service and remained at Carson City. He was reelected Washoe County Recorder and Auditor for several terms and resigned in 1924. Charles moved to Santa Cruz, California and died July 18, 1929. Funeral services were held in Reno, and he was buried in the Old Hillside Cemetery, Knights of Pythias grounds, Lot 3, Plot 5. (ECUS, VCW, 1890, Minor Civil Division: Reno; Staff, 1875, August 21, p. 1,2; Staff, 1909, September 29, p. 347; Staff, 1929, July 19, p. 8; Staff, 1____, p. ____ ; Terrie Mitchell, personal communication with George Martin, December 18, 2002; Wren, 1904, p. 230)

minusSTODDARD, James M.

Captain, 27th Louisiana Infantry

James M. Stoddard enlisted in 1862, and was discharged on (?). He married Jennie Hulley on May 7, 1879, in Virginia City. In June, 1890, James had a Post Office address of Reno. He died March 31, 1891 at age 73 in Pendleton, Oregon. (ECUS, VCW, 1890, Minor Civil Division: Reno; Staff, 1874-85, p. 45)

minusSTONE, Marshall Ney

Captain, 6th Kentucky Cavalry

Marshall Ney Stone was born on August 6, 1841 in Wayne County, Kentucky. He entered Confederate service as a private in the 6th Kentucky Infantry, which in 1861, was attached to the 1st Kentucky Brigade, commanded by General Breckinridge. After the battle of Shiloh he was transferred to the 6th Kentucky Cavalry, Duke's Brigade, commanded by General John Hunt Morgan. Marshall fought also at Stone River, Siege of Vicksburg, Chicamauga, Mission Ridge, and numerous other battles. He served in this unit until the close of the war when he was a member of Jefferson Davis' escort until within a few hours of Davis' capture. He rose to the rank of Captain of Cavalry in 1864. In 1868, Marshall came to Nevada and eventually became law partners with Union General Thomas H. Williams and David Bixler in Virginia City. He was active in local politics running and subsequently defeated for several public offices. (Angel, 1881, p. 570-1; CWSS System, 2003; Staff, 1989, March 5 p. __ ; Staff, 1882, October 26, p. __ )

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Confederate Service, unit unknown

Tucker(?) Streshley(?) is crossed out on the veterans census and listed as "Conf". No other information is listed. In June, 1890, he had a Post Office address as Austin. (ECUS,VCW,1890, Austin, County of Lander)

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Colonel, Maryland unit unknown

C.C. Thomas received a commission as Colonel of a Maryland regiment in 1862. He started east on the ill-fated steamer Golden Gate which burned off the coast of Mexico with 600 souls lost. After obtaining passage back to San Francisco he found it impossible to resume his journey eastward and resigned his Confederate commission. He was the superintendent of the Overman, Uncle Sam, Hale and Norcoss, and North Potosi mines in Virginia City. He lived in Sutro. (Angel, 1881, p. 511-12)

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Private, Co. A, 1st Texas Mounted Rifles; & Private, Co. D, 12th Texas Cavalry

John Tinnin is listed twice in the veterans census. He first served as a Private, Company A, 1st Texas Mounted Rifles enlisting on April 10, 1861, and was discharged in 1862, after serving for one year. John then enlisted on June 1, 1862, as a private in Company D, 12th Texas Cavalry serving until his date of discharge on May 20, 1865, after serving for three years, four months, and twenty days. He came to Nevada in 1881. He was John Sparks cattle partner from 1881 to 1889 in northeastern Nevada. The Sparks-Tinnan cattle partnership had between 80,000 and 90,000 animals on the range by the late 1880's. In June, 1890, John had a Post Office address of Wells, Elko, County. (ECUS,VCW,1890, County of Elko; Hulse, 1998, p. 140)

minusTUCKER(?), Zachriah

Captain, Co. B, 5th Missouri Infantry

Zachriah Tucker(?) enlisted on December 23, 1861, and was discharged on February 5, 1863. His length of service was one year, and two months. In June, 1890, Zachriah had a Post Office address of Tuscarora, Elko County. (ECUS,VCW,1890, Tuscarora, County of Elko)

minusVAUGHAN, Roger C.

Private, Co. C, 18th Tennessee Infantry

Roger VaughanRoger C. Vaughan was a native of Murfeesborough, Tennessee born in 1842. His dates of service are not known. He resided in Fallon for 30 years and was a Liquor Dealer. He was not married. He died on August 10, 1916, in Fallon. Roger is buried in Churchill County Cemetery. The Fallon United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) is named in his honor. (Bunny Corkle, Churchill County Museum, personal communication with George Martin, Date needed, Telcon Henrietta Rapp, Roger C. Vaughan Chapter, UDC, personal communication with George Martin, Date needed; Staff, Churchill County Recorder Book 2, p. 87)

minusWASH.(?), R.ln.

Private, Co. A, 22nd Missouri Infantry

R.ln. Wash.(?) enlisted on April 1, 1861, and was discharged February 1, 1864, after serving two years and seven months. In June, 1890, he had a Post Office address of Reno. (ECUS, VCW, 1890, Minor Civil Division: Reno)

minusWINDLE, Joseph H.

Private, Co. D, 25th Tennessee Infantry

Joseph WindleJoseph H. Windle is listed and crossed out on the census as a "Confed". Information was provided on the veterans census record from Permelia Emerine Windle, widow of Joseph H. Windle. No rank, company, regiment, or dates of service are listed on the census record. He is listed in the CWSS System. Joseph was the District Attorney of Humboldt County. In June, 1890, Joseph had a Post Office address of Winnemucca. He died of heart disease on July 15, 1884, in Winnemucca. (CWSS System, 2003; Staff, 1984, July 18, p. __ ; ECUS,VCW, 1890, Sierra Township, County of Humboldt p. __ )

minusWINSHIPE(?), Franklin P.

Private, Co. E, 1st(?) Tennessee(?) Infantry

Franklin P. Winshipe(?) enlisted on August 15, 1862, and was discharged "about April 15, 1865". His length of service was two years and eight months. In June, 1890, Franklin had a Post Office address of Tuscarora, Elko County. (ECUS,VCW,1890, Tuscarora, County of Elko)

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