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Page 113 The Richmond Ambulance Corps.

[From the Richmond (Va.) Dispatch, Dec. 12, 1897.]

List of Members of This Useful Organization for 1861-1865.

When the late war first broke out a number of Richmond's well-known citizens formed themselves into a committee and charged themselves with the duty of supplying the needs of the Confederate wounded. Their services in this respect are still gratefully remembered by many a surviving Confederate veteran who received the benefit of their unstinted and kindly ministrations in time of dire distress. The committee, which was limited to about fifty members, was composed for the most part of citizens exempt from military duty. Afterward, as the exigency of the war period demanded, many of them went into active service, while others not only furnished substitutes, but continued their membership in the committee till the end came on that fatal 9th of April, 1865, at Appomattox Courthouse.

Nearly the first thing done when the committee organized was to form its members into a military company, to serve in case of emergency, of which John Dooley was chosen captain; Philip J. Wright, first lieutenant, and John J. Wilson, second lieutenant. The services of the committee extended through the battles of Gettysburg, Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, the seven days' fights around Richmond, including Seven Pines, Mechanicsville, Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill, Frayser's Farm, and, in fact, most of the engagements in which the Army of Northern Virginia participated. The committee served without pay, and was always ready to buy for the wounded, with their own funds, any delicacy that could not otherwise be procured for the use of the objects of their solicitude. But a few, comparatively, survive the lapse of years intervening since the great contest ended. Appended is a partial list, so far as can be recalled, of this famous and useful organization. Those who live deserve, as they receive, the gratitude of all surviving veterans, while the good deeds of those passed away are wreathed in memory that blooms sweetly and blossoms in the dust:

Page 114 Southern Historical Society Papers.

Apperson, James L.
Archer, Robert S.
Ainslie, George A.
Allen, Charles W.
Burrows, Rev. J. L.
Burress, James E.
Beville, Wm. J.
Bates, Charles
Barney, Dr. C. G.
Bailey, Samuel M.
Cabell, Dr. J. G.
Dooley, John
Dudley, Thomas U.
Doswell, Thomas W.
Dibrell, R. H.
Enders, John
Exall, Henry
Ellett, Andrew L.
Eacho, Edward D.
Edmond, Robert
Ellyson, Moses
Frayser, Lewis H.
Glazebook, L. W.
Gatewood, Robert
Goddin, Wellington
Hobson, Julius A.
Hackett, James H.
Harrison, Samuel J.
Harvey, John B.
Isaacs, Wm. B.
Jinkins, Andrew
James, Edwin T.
Johnston, Andrew
Lyons, William H.
Leftwich, John H.
McCance, Thomas W.
McKeil, John W.
Martin, Jordan H.
Meredit, R. L.
Mitchell, John (Irish patriot).
Maury, Robert H.
Montague, John H.
Purcell, John
Perkins, E. T.
Paine, Robert A.
Palmer, George S.
Peachy, Dr. St. G.
Quarles, Benj. M.
Randolph, Joseph W.
Richardson, R. P.
Royster, George W.
Spence, E. B.
Starke, P. H.
Starke, Marcellus T.
Sutton, William M.
Snead, William W.
Staples, W. T.
Smith, George W.
Smith, Samuel B.
Scott, James A.
Tucker, John A.
Tyndall, Mark A.
Valentine, Mann S.
Wright, Philip J.
Wells, Alex B.
Wilson, John J.
Worthan, C. T.
Wortham, C. E.
Weisiger Powhatan
Whitlock, Chas. E.
Whitlock, John E.
Wynne, Chas. H.
Walker, Isaac H.

Page 115 The Richmond Ambulance Corps.


Dr. W. A. Carrington, Dr. J. E. Claggett, Dr. James Cammack, Thomas Clemmitt, Harvie A. Dudley, James H. Grant, George W. Lowndes, Colonel Robert Ould, and J. A. Cowardin, of the Dispatch.


The officers of the committee were: John Enders, President; William G. Paine, Vice-President; Isaac H. Walker, Secretary; and Surgeons, Drs. Cabell and Peachy.


Of those now living may be mentioned: Messrs. R. S. Archer, John Enders, Andrew L. Ellett, Samuel J. Harrison, Jordan H. Martin, John H. Montague, Powhatan Weisiger, and Philip J. Wright.

The propriety of recognizing the services of these gentlemen in some suitable way will, there is little doubt, be called to the attention of Lee Camp of Confederate Veterans at some early day.


Although not members of the organization, there were several of our old citizens who had sons in the army, who went to nearly every battlefield with the corps, and rendered valuable assistance to the wounded, among whom was the veteran, Charles G. Thompson, who is still living at a ripe old age.

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