Sunday, March 18, 2012

There were 1947 known men who served in the 45th Virginia Regiment. The month to month status of soldier is best obtained from muster rolls which were taken every two months and stated whether soldier was absent or present.

The records that survive for this unit are very poor. All of muster rolls available for first year with no gaps. 1862 only one field return dated July 1862. No rolls available for 1863, final roll taken April 1864. due to poor quality of compiled records, much information was taken from post war sources...pension applications, etc.

Members of the 45th were imprisoned in Camp Chase, Camp Morton, Elmira, Fort Delaware, Johnson's Island, Point Lookout, and Rock Island.

the men of the 45th came from Tazewell, Wythe, Bland, Carroll, and Grayson counties.

there are THREE Maxwells listed on the roster of this unit.
1. My great great Grandpa James C Maxwell: Co A enlisted 5/29/61 Wytheville. sick 9/61. elected Lt. by 7/62. Captured at Winchester 9/19/64. POW Ft. Delaware. Released 6/17/65. 5'10" tall. grey eyes, dark hair, res. Tazewell County.
2. Henry E. Maxwell: Cpl. in in Co A. Age 15 in 1850 Tazewell County Census. enlisted 5/29/61 Wytheville. sick when the regiment moved from Wytheville 7/12/61. elected Lt. 10/16/61. In Winchester hospital for diarrhea 7/25/94. captured at Winchester 9/19/64. POW Pt. Lookout. Exc. 3/15/64. living in Tazewell County in 1913.
3. James W. Maxwell: Co G born 5/3/40. enlisted 5/29/61 at Wytheville. sick 9/61. on leave 11/61. transferred to 29th Va. 6/62. living in Tazewell county in 1910. died 10/21/1929.

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