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[Martin Wesley Miller]
My Great-Great-Grandfather
My interest in the 12th Pennsylvania cavalry are that recently I found out my great-great-grandfather served in Company E. He mustered in on September 7,1864 and was mustered out with the Company on June 1,1865 at Winchester. He was 18 years old when he enlisted and was a shoemaker. He was born in Jonestown PA. Lebanon County, on June 2,1846. He died on April 13,1919 and is laid to rest in the Ebernezer Greenwood Cemetery. He married Elizabeth K Emerick who was born on March 4,1850 and she died on September 10,1922.They had 12 children.

THOMAS RATCLIFF [Thomas Ratcliff]
My Step-Grandfather
born 1844 Montgomery County Va. Thomas enlisted in March 1862 into the 24th. Virginia Infantry Regiment Co.K,He served three years as a pvt. Thomas who was a widower at age 63 married my grandmother who was 19 at the time.They were married in Bristol Tenn. April 17,1907

[George W. Stump]
Very Distant Cousin
Capt. George W. Stump is a distant relative of this web master. George W. Stump was a cousin to James Burwell Stump of Copper Hill, Floyd Co. Va. James Burwell Stump was a member of the 42nd Va. infantry Co. B. James Burwell Stump and Alaxander Stump (My Great-Grandfather) were 1st cousin. James Burwell Stump's father and Alaxander Stump's Father were brothers.

18th. Virginia Cavalry
Capt., Co. B. enl. 8/20/62 in Hampshire Go., W.Va. Appointed Capt. 9/2/62. Equipped the men of his co. Largely at his own expense. Severely WIA in the neck near Forrestville, Va. 9/24/64. Captured and murdered by Union scouts led by Maj. Young 2/5/65 at the home of William Stump in Hampshire Co., W.Va.

Captain George W. Stump of company B was one ot the most active mambers of the 18th Virginia Cavalry. At the organization of company B he had provided at his own expense the horses and much of the equipment for his troop. His command nicknamed him "Stump's Battery" because he always carried several revolvers and a carbine. He had been active during the war in raiding Union outposts. In addition, he and his companyioined McNeill's Rangerson several occasions in attackson the Union forces in northwestern Virginia. A severe neck wound he had received at the engagement at Forrestville on September 24 had necessitated a lengthy recovery. He was cared for in Rockingham County until the presence of Union cavalry in the area forced him to seek safety in western Virginia. Captain Stump rejoined his command early in 1865, but was still suffering greatly from his wound. Early in the morning of February 5, he stopped to visit his father who was living near Romney in Hampshire County. He had just reached the porch of the house when he heard unfamiliar voices coming from the other side of the house. The voices he heard belonged to members of a Union force led by Major Henry Young which had been dispatched on a mission to capture Major Harry Gilmor at Moorefield. Major Young had left Winchester early in the morning of February 4, with 300 men of the 1st Connecticut Cavalry. When they reached Hampshire County they learned that Captain Stump was in the vicinity. They determined to capture him before continuing on in search of Major Gilmor. It was a portion of this Union force whose voices Captain Stump heard on that morning of February 5.

Stump realized he was in danger so he made his way back across the yard to where his horse was tied. As he was mounting his horse, the Union troops discovered his presence and fired on him, knocking his horse down. As the horse dropped, Stump fell onto the frozen ground. As he attempted to rise, one of the Federals shot him in the side. They then put him on a horse and rode off with him in tow. Now suffering with two serious wounds, he soon became too ill to ride. When this fact was relayed to Major Young his terse comment was: remake him sicker." He was shot several times and left dead in the road. His body was later removed by his brother Even the Union soldiers later remarked that they considered his killing to be murder, rather than an act of war.

Captain George W. Stump's Father's Home
Romney, W.VA.

Captain Stump's bother
Michael Stump's Home

[James Burwell Stump]
Distant Cousin
42nd. Virginia Infantry
Sgt. Company B.
1860 census, age 25, hired hand, Copper Hill P.O. Floyd County VA. Enlisted 5/25/1862, at the Floyd County Court House. Lewisburg hospital by 10/31/61; then Greenbrier White Sulphar Springs (W. VA.). Present 12/5/61 thru 1-3/63. Promoted to Cpl. 7/9/1863. Wounded left hand 11/27/63 at Payne's Farm. Richmond hospital 11/29 to 12/25/63 when furloughed for 30 days. Promoted to 5th. Sgt. 1/1/64. Captured 5/12/64 at Spotsylvania Court House. Point Lookout, Maryland, 5/18 to 7/30/64. Elmira, N.Y. 8/2/1864 to 6/19/65 when released on oath. 5'9" florid complextion, dark hair, gray eyes, Died physical and mental breakdown, 11/18/1916.