Since this post stretches from here to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and back with a side trip to Texas, I'd like to make this as easy as possible by dividing it up into three parts:
PART ONE - IN WHICH CBW CONTINUES HER WHINING
Yesterday I was trying to tell about my little jaunt to Pear Tree Cemetery down Onemo, but my computer very rudely interrupted me by stubbornly refusing to do anything I asked of it, sending my blood pressure to all new heights. As if that wasn't enough, at exactly 3:00 a.m. this morning it completely rebooted--loud enough to awaken me, all on its own after making some highly unusual sounds.
After you've spent the majority of the evening writing and thinking about cemeteries, old graves, and people who are long gone, and then your computer decides to act possessed at 3:00 a.m., you start to get a little scared. Of course, when I say "you start to get a little scared" I really mean I was so scared I couldn't get back to sleep until after 4, just in time for my alarm clock to go off a short hour later.
Note to Self: I need a vacation. Note to Santa Claus: I would love a new computer and high-speed internet. And some Hypnose perfume (along with the scented lotion) by Lancome. If you're too busy around Christmas, you can send it sooner. Thank you.
Anyway, what I wanted to convey was even though there are many Confederate graves in Mathews, they are scattered hither thither and yon--and this was the first time I'd seen so many in the same place ...decorated with the flags.
After doing a quick internet search on the cemetery, I came upon a site which listed all the soldiers with the last name of Hudgins who served in the Civil War. There were over 53 of them, and several (some of which are listed below) are buried here in Pear Tree.
Hudgins is a very prolific name in Mathews, I must know
Coincidentally, 1760 was also the same year my computer was manufactured. I think it might have even belonged to Sukey.
PART TWO - SOME HISTORICAL DATA PULLED FROM THE INTERNET
The Mathews Light Artillery was organized during July 1861. A total of 72 men enlisted in the unit on July 18 or 20, 1861. The balance of the year was spent in organization and training. Available records indicate that the Mathews Light Artillery began as Company H, 61st Virginia Militia, and continued under that designation until that unit was disbanded on May 14, 1862.
Little detail is known of the organization and training of the Mathews Light Artillery. Its organization, however, was unusually stable. Its officers served together, without promotions or transfers, for the entire war.
SOME OF THE SOLDIERS BURIED AT PEAR TREE CEMETERY INCLUDE:
Enl. 2/14/65 in Henrico Co. Pres. on 2/28/65 roll. Deserted on 3/18/65, sent to the Provost Marshal in Washington, DC.
Buried in the Pear Tree Cem., Mathews Co., VA.
Mathews Light Artillery
HUDGINS, ROBERT F.
Born: 10/4/1842, Mathews Co. VA
Death: 9/16/1922, Mathews Co. VA
Buried: Pear Tree Cemetery, Route 677, Mathews Co. VA
Rank: 2nd Sgt.
Enl. 7/18/61 at Mathews C.H. Pres. on all rolls as Pvt. Paroled at Appomattox C.H. on 4/9/65 as Sgt. WIA late in war. In U. S. Army XXIV Corps Field Hosp. 4/11/65. In Petersburg Gen. Hosp. 5/1/65 for treatment of wound in left arm. Discharged from hosp. on taking oath on 5/19/65, then age 22. Superintendent of the Poor at Fitchetts, postwar. Mathews Light Artillery
DIGGS, JOSEPH. R.: Bugler, Enl. on ?. Paroled at Appomattox C.H., VA on 4/9/65. NFR. On 1909 Mathews Co. Pension list drawing benefits under act of 1902. Buried in the Pear Tree Cem., Mathews Co., VA
DIGGS, THOMAS J. (#2): Enl. on 10/9/62 in Henrico Co. Listed on a variety of clothing receipts. Pres. on all muster rolls. D. 1/11/1905, age 66. Buried in the Pear Tree Cem., Mathews Co., VA.
MINTER, ELIJAH T.: Corp., Enl. on 7/18/61 at Mathews C.H. Pres. on all rolls. 6th Corp. o n 4/30/64. 4th Corp. on 10/31/64. Paroled at Appomattox C.H., VA on 4/9/65. B. 2/18/1841 D. 10/17/1924. Buried in the Pear Tree Cem., Mathews Co., VA.
MORGAN, CHARLES P.: Enl. on 5/1/63 in Henrico Co. Pres. on all rolls. On 1909 Mathews Co. Pension list drawing benefits under act of 1902. B. 1845 D. 1922. Buried in the Pear Tree Cem., Mathews Co., VA.
HUDGINS, JOHN W.
Enl. 10/9/62 in Henrico Co. Pres. on all rolls. Paroled at Appomattox C.H., VA on 4/9/65. Mathews Light Artillery Buried Pear Tree, marker Armistead’s Co. Va L Arty C.S.A
PART THREE: THE PROMISE
If you come back tomorrow I promise not to write any posts this long again. At least not this week.