Battle of Seven Pines Participants, Page 5
Above: "Martin Gilbert Louis Baxter, son of
Morris and Sarah J. Baxter.  Orderly in Co. C,
38th Regt., N.Y. Vols.  Killed at the Battle of
Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, Virginia and buried
on the field."  
To the left: A monument to
Martin Baxter in Putnam Valley, NY.
Thanks to Kimberly Perry-Schneider for sharing photos and information about her g-g-uncle, who
was killed in the battle.
My g-g-uncle, Martin Gilbert Louis Baxter, was mustered up in Horsehead, New York in the 38th NY
Infantry, Company H, Scott's Life Guard.  He resided in Putnam Valley, NY with  his family, before
becoming involved in the war.  He was wounded on June 1, 1862 and died the following day.  He was
said to be buried in a mass grave on the field.  I recently came across a stone that was erected by his
family in the Tompkins Corners Cemetery on Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley, NY.  My
g-grandmother, Emily Frances Baxter Perry, was Martin's sister and told the story of him being buried
on the field.  Kimberly shared some wonderful pictures of NY Regiments with us.  Visit her photos
here for Martin Baxter's page on the Find-A-Grave Seven Pines Cemetery section, there's, also,
information on the 38th Regiment; and click
here for the 38th NY Inf, Co. H's page on Find-A-Grave.  
Kimberly has located the graves of many members of 38th and other NY regiments.  Click
here for
more info and a list on Kimberly's page on Find-A-Grave.
CSA General Robert Hatton
Photos of Hatton monument in
Lebanon, TN can be found
Inscription on tombstone, Cedar Grove
Cemetery, Wilson County, TN:
General Robert Hatton
Born November 2, 1826
Fell May 31, 1862
While leading his Tennessee brigade
in the Battle of Seven Pines
The following is from Jim Griffin, whose g-grandfather, Robert Terry Griffin, and his uncle, William
Young Hanes Griffin, were members of the 4th SC Volunteers; William Y. H. Griffin was wounded in
the Battle of Seven Pines and succumbed to those wounds.

 My g-grandfather, Pvt. Robert Terry Griffin, and his uncle, Major (or Capt.) William Young Hanes
Griffin, volunteered in Pendleton District, South Carolina as the Six Mile Creek (or the Six Mile
Guards) and were mustered in to the 4th South Carolina Volunteers.  Robert was 16 and William Y. H.
was about 26.  It was the spring of 1861.  They both fought at 1st Bull Run.  After that, the Fourth
seemed to get absorbed in other companies.  Robert Terry was wounded at some point and was in
the hospital at Petersburg, VA.  Robert Y. H. was more than likely in the 5th Inf Palmetto
Sharpshooters under Longstreet (the 4th was under Longstreet at Bull Run).  Robert Y. H. was
wounded at Fair Oaks and died in Richmond shortly thereafter.
This is to the best of my knowledge and but a synopsis of events.  Anyone with further or more
accurate information, please contact me.

E-Mail Jim
This was shared by Larry Little, whose g-g-grandfather was wounded in the Battle of Seven Pines.

My g-g-grandfather, John B. Little, fought with Co. I, 22nd NC Regiment at the Battle of Seven Pines
and was wounded (shot in either leg or knee - he was then wounded again at 2nd Bull Run three
months later).  Mr. Little died in Randolph County, NC, at the approximate age of 88.

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From Gordon Stiles, whose g-g-grandfather, William Belcher, was wounded in the battle.

My g-g-grandfather, William Belcher, served in Company D of the 24th VA Infantry and was wounded
in the knee in that battle.

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This was submitted by Sam C. Turner, IV, whose g-g-grandfather was in the Alabama 3rd Infantry.

My g-g-grandfather, Samuel Coute Turner, was in Alabama 3rd Infantry, Co. E and I would love to
correspond with someone who had a relative in the same Regiment/Company.  Samuel Turner died
from wounds he received at Malvern Hill.

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The following information and photo are from Mary Nell Atkinson Bennett, whose g-uncle, Reuben A.
Atkinson, was killed in the battle.

Reuben A. Atkinson enlisted on May 11, 1861 as a private in Montgomery, AL, into the 6th Alabama
Infantry, under the command of James Newell Lightfoot.  He was commissioned by order of the
Governor of AL while serving in Virginia on October 30, 1861, as a Junior 2nd Lieutenant.  His name
appears on the Record Roster, Commissioned Officers, Davis Ford, VA, on December 25, 1861.  He
died in the 1st Alabama Hospital in Richmond, VA.

Portion of letter from James Newell Lightfoot to Rev. Edmund Cody:

Richmond, VA
June 1st, 1862
Dear Uncle,
I hardly feel able to write but felt that it is my duty to notify you of
the casualties that happened to us yesterday.  We had a very heavy
fight on yesterday which resulted in utterly annihilating our [the 6th]
Regt.  I will give you a few of the casualties that happened to our
Regt.  Our Lt. Col. and Major were both killed.  Out of twenty captains,
we had four killed, two or three mortally wounded and the balance
slightly wounded except two who escaped unhurt.  Capt. Bell of our
county was among the killed.  I will turn to my own company and will
commence on myself.  I was wounded in the leg below the knee, the
ball going through the fleshy part of the leg.  Lieut. Atkinson was
mortally wounded in two places, both in the side and head and was
left on the field for dead, but I understand he has since been brought
to Richmond.  (Will try and send him home if possible.). . . . .

E-Mail Mary

This was shared by Robert J. Hansen about his 3-g-grandfather, Alexander William Black, of the 6th
Alabama Infantry, who was injured at the Battle of Seven Pines.

Alexander William Black was born September 15, 1836 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.  He moved to
Henry County, Alabama in 1856.  On May 5th, 1861, he enlisted in Capt. J. C. Gordon's Company of
volunteer infantry at Abbeville, Alabama.  This later became Co. B of the 6th Alabama Infantry
Regiment.  The Regiment formed at Montgomery, Alabama, then moved to northern Virginia, arriving
in time for the first Battle of Manassas (Bull Run).
From there the regiment went to outpost duty near Fredricksburg, and then, in May, 1862, to the
peninsula east of Richmond.  Here, at the Battle of Seven Pines, Alexander was wounded in the left
foot (June 1, 1862).  He spent 3 months in a hospital in Richmond and was then sent home to
recuperate.  While recovering at Eufaula, Alabama, he married Dorinda A. Mathews (9 to 12-1862).  In
December, he returned to the regiment in Virginia, but the regimental surgeon certified him as
disabled.  He was offered an honorable discharge, but took a job as an ambulance driver with the
regimental trains.  In this capacity, he served to the end of the war, participating in the Battles of
Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Petersburg and Appomattox Court House.  He died about 1900 in
Birmingham, Alabama.

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Thanks to Chip Mattocks for submitting this information about the following family members, one of
whom died as a result of injuries sustained in the Battle of Seven Pines.

Algood, Job B. (my wife's 2nd great-grandfather), Private, Co. G, 35th GA Vol Inf Rgt, ANV, CSA;
enlisted February 28, 1862; died of measles at Winchester, Va. on October 11, 1862.

Algood, Coleman C. (my wife's 3rd great-granduncle), Private, Co. G, 35th GA Vol Inf Rgt, ANV, CSA;
enlisted February 28, 1862; captured at Spotsylvania, Va., May 12, 1864; died in prison.

Algood, William F. (my wife's 3rd great-granduncle), Private, Co. G, 35th GA Vol Inf Rgt, ANV, CSA;
enlisted February 28, 1862; wounded at Seven Pines, Va. on May 31, 1862; died at Richmond, Va. on
June 3, 1862.

Martin, William A. (my wife's cousin), 1st Sgt/3rd Lieutenant, Co. L, 3rd AL Vol Inf Rgt, CSA.

Martin, James F. (my wife's cousin), Private, Co. L, 3rd AL Vol Inf Rgt, CSA.

Thornton, Atlas M. (my wife's 3rd great-granduncle), Private, Co. K, 3rd GA Vol Inf Rgt, ANV, CSA;
enlisted June 10, 1861; wounded, Manassas Gap, Va. July 23, 1863; roll for February 28, 1865, last on
file, shows him on sick furlough.

Thornton, Wiley A. (my wife's 3rd great-granduncle), Private, Co. L, 3rd GA Vol Inf Rgt, ANV, CSA;
enlisted August 20, 1861; discharged, disability and over-age, May 28, 1862.

E-mail Chip

The following was submitted by Pat L., who lives near the hometown of CSA General Robert Hatton of
Tennessee.  Gen. Hatton was killed in the Battle of Seven Pines.
"When Whiting's brigades arrived, they spread out north of 9 Mile Road over the hills south of the
Chickahominy.  They initially outnumbered the Federals, but, as more of Sedgwick's men arrived, the
numbers evened up and the fight turned into a series of frontal assaults.  Eventually the Federals
began to push the Confederate line back.  Gen. Robert Hatton, one of Whiting's brigadiers, was killed;
another, Gen. Wade Hampton, was injured; and Gen. James Pettigrew was captured."


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