Image via WikipediaI have been exploring the census records on Ancestry.com looking for information on Henrietta Jefferson and her father and mother. I also found my great great grandfather's grave stone on find a grave.com. His name was W.T. Jefferson and he was a Sgt during the Civil War. I logged back onto Ancestry.com and found information on W.T. Jefferson. They said that he was enlisted in Company E 57th Virginia Infantry as a Sergeant. That he enlisted at Rorrer's Virginia on June 29, 1861. He was discharged for wounds on July 13, 1864.
I checked the Library of Virginia and found in their digital resource catalog that William T. Jefferson had applied for a pension and for disability benefits. His application of soldier, sailor or marine for a pension stated that he was 56 years old and he was a member of the 57th Virginia Infantry. He was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3rd. He lost the use of his left hand. He also applied for disability due to the loss of his hand. His statement was notarized by A. J. Ramsey justice of the peace of Pittsylvania County and R. W. Bennett was the physician that signed off on the disability. H. F. Jones was the Clerk of Pittsylvania County at the time and his statement about W. T. Jefferson also added that he served under Captain Ralph Woody in the service of the Confederate States.
Just a little speculating here, but remember myearly blog of this week where I listed Dalton births, deaths and marriages that had been compiled by a teacher by the name of Winston Dalton. These vital statistics had been in the possession of Dr. Rueben Bennett. Could this Dr. Bennett be the same man? I think so.
Below are the engagements for 57th Virginia Infantry
Seven Days Battles, east of Richmond, Virginia June 25-July 1, 1862
Malvern Hill, Virginia July 1, 1862
2nd Manassas, Virginia August 28-30, 1862
Shepherdstown Ford, West Virginia, September 20, 1862
Fredericksburg December 13, 1862
Suffolk Siege April - May 1863
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania July1-3, 1863
New Bern, North Carolina, February 1, 1864
Chester Station, Virginia May 10, 1864
Drewry's Bluff, Virginia May 16, 1864
North Anna, Virginia May 22-26, 1864
Cold Harbor, Virginia June 1-3, 1864
Siege of Petersburg June 1864-March 1865
Dinwiddie Court House March 31, 1865
Five Forks, Virginia April 1, 1865
Saylors Creek, Virginia April 6, 1865
Appomattox Court Huse, Virginia April 9, 1865
If you remember I have been searching other family members and Winchester Dalton was also a member of the 57th, but he was Company D Galveston Tigers.