Browsing All posts tagged under »12th Virginia Cavalry«

To find a cavalry battlefield… on the back roads of Frederick County, part 2

November 13, 2014 by


Continuing in my effort to figure out the site of the cavalry fight of November 12, I turned again to Pennington’s report… knowing he had provided estimated distances from Mount Zion to Cedar Creek, and beyond Lebanon Church. Pennington wrote: I moved out with the whole brigade and attacked the enemy… succeeded in driving him […]

On my supposed isolationist “hillbilly” roots: the Nicholson family in Madison County, Va., part 1

November 5, 2011 by


Last weekend,  I brought out one of the family bibles in my collection, so that my two youngest could see some of the “artifacts” that have been maintained, safely inside, for more than a century. In particular, I wanted to show them these items… … a death poem, a “cypher”/multiplication table, and a lock of […]

Confederate ancestor analysis #1 – Garnett Nicholson

June 25, 2009 by


Garnett Nicholson is one of my third great grandfathers. He was a private in Company B (Capt. Jason C. Crigler’s Company), Eighty-second Virginia Militia. The Eighty-second was primarily from Madison County and was under the command of Col. James W. Twyman. As with most of Virginia’s militia regiments, the Eighty-second was called into active service […]


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