[From the Richmond (Va.) Dispatch, Dec. 12, 1897.]
THE RICHMOND AMBULANCE CORPS. 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
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:
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Apperson, James L.
Archer, Robert S.
Ainslie, George A.
Allen, Charles W.
Burrows, Rev. J. L.
Burress, James E.
Beville, Wm. J.
Barney, Dr. C. G.
Bailey, Samuel M.
Cabell, Dr. J. G.
Dudley, Thomas U.
Doswell, Thomas W.
Dibrell, R. H.
Ellett, Andrew L.
Eacho, Edward D.
Frayser, Lewis H.
Glazebook, L. W.
Hobson, Julius A.
Hackett, James H.
Harrison, Samuel J.
Harvey, John B.
Isaacs, Wm. B.
James, Edwin T.
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.
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.
Whitlock, Chas. E.
Whitlock, John E.
Wynne, Chas. H.
Walker, Isaac H.
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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
The officers of the committee were: John Enders, President; William G. Paine,
Vice-President; Isaac H. Walker, Secretary; and Surgeons, Drs. Cabell and Peachy.
THE LIVING MEMBERS.
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.
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.
ALWAYS WITH THE CORPS.
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.