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Octavian Cromwell Plymale
I, John M. M. Plymale, son of Octavian
Plymale, a Confederate soldier, was born April 2, 1870. My father was born November 15,
1842. He was the son of John Plymale, who was born in Botetourt County, Virginia in 1795.
I, being the oldest son of my father, have had some talks with him about his service in
the Confederate Army. He said that about the age of twenty years, he and his brother,
Marion, enlisted in the 15th.or 16th. Virginia Cavalry under Colonel Ferguson. He served
General Lee as a courier at the battle of Gettysburg. He said that Picket made his charge
and failed and General Lee cried like a child. After the battle, General Lee wanted
to keep my father with him, but father said he would rather go back to his cavalry so Lee
let him go back. Some time after this, he was making a charge in some battle and every
fourth soldier had to hold the horses while the others made charge. It fell his lot to
hold the horses, but he let his younger brother, Marion, hold them and went on the charge.
He said as he went along, he saw one of his cousins leaning against a tree bleeding, but
he never heard whether he died or not. About half way up the hill he gave out and sat
down. When he arose to go the bullets struck all-around him. One cut a lock of hair out of
his temple and eight or nine cut holes in his over coat, but the skin was not touched. He
and his brother was captured. He was sent to Camp Chase at Columbus, Ohio. His brother,
Francis Marion, was sent to Fort Delaware, Maryland. He was in prison for fourteen months.
When he came out, he weighed some over 100 pounds. His brother, Marion, weighed 85 pounds.
He said that they would fish with bent hooks to catch rats to eat. He said dog meat looked
good when they could catch one and kill it.
I could not get him to talk much about the war only as I asked questions. Being young,
I didn't do much of that. I guess this is about all I know of it.
(0-1-3-11-1) John M. M. Plymale
in the Civil War 1861 from Bedford County, Virginia.
Three brothers, 0-2-3-8 John Greenberry,
0-2-3-7 Thomas Perry
and 0-2-3-2 Samuel Osberry
Plymale, were sons of 0-2-3Thomas
Plymale, and Martha Swain Plymale. Samuel was forty years old when the Civil War
started, and was too old to be drafted so he volunteered with his two brothers. His unit
was company I Staunton Yeomanry Bedford County light infantry 58th Regiment, which was
organized at Hendrick's Store Corner, Route 122 and 655, Bedford County, Virginia, July
24th, 1861. They left for battle August 14th, 1861. Samuel received a rifle
bullet in the groin during the battle of Cross Keys on June 8th, 1862 and fell to the
ground in severe pain. He was taken to C.S.A. Hospital at Charlottesville on June 18th,
1862 and died July 15th, 1862 of Vulnus Sclopeticum. On the grounds of the
University Of Virginia in Charlottesville is a monument bearing his name.
John Greenberry Plymale was said to have been shot through the neck and
Thomas Perry Plymale is said to have had one finger shot off.
The above information was furnished by 0-2-3-2-3-8-1 Guy Otey
Plymale who has a copy of Samuel Osberry Plymale's war record from the National
Archives (Confederate Archives, Chapter 6 File #214, page 89) and (58th Virginia Infantry
page 130) and 0-2-3-2-1-9 William 0.
Plymale of Richmond, Virginia, a grandson of 0-2-3-2 Samuel Osberry Plymale and Mary
C. (Miller) Plymale. Also, verified by his brother Robert Plymale of Bedford County,
Other War Stories...
Joseph Plymale's first wife, Leonorea Sprangler,
was a great grand-daughter of the old Revolutionary War soldier William Loucks, who is
said to have fought beside George Washington. It is also said that one time he
volunteered to go behind the British lines to get powder from a magazine. This act
turned out to be a deciding factor in the ensuing battle. George Washington
supposedly gave him a signal by waving his hat from atop a stump when he thought William
Loucks would have the best chance of coming back through the British lines with the wagon
half-loaded with powder.
Updated On May 04, 2004 08:46 PM