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Bickley, Robert Patton

ROBERT PATTON BICKLEY (deceased).—Born at Osborn's Ford, Scott County, Virginia (now Dungannon). Enlisted in the Confederate Army June 11, 1861, at Wise Court House, Virginia, as Orderly Sergeant of Company I. Then changed to Company A, Fifty-First Virginia Infantry, Gen. Floyd's brigade, later Gen. Wharton's. First Gen. Loring's division, then to Williams', and Breckenridge's and Gen. Early's corps. First Captain was John P. Wolfe and second D. H. Bruce. First went out under John B. Floyd; served in West Virginia awhile and then sent to Fort Donelson, where he was mortally wounded. Shot through left arm and the ball lodging in the left side. He was put on a boat and sent up Cumberland River. along with other wounded men, to Clarksville, Tenn., and was never heard of again. He was in the battle of Sewell Mountain, Falls at Kanawah and Fort Donelson, where he fell. There was never a braver or better soldier. He and I (Capt. D. H. Bruce) were messmates. Our mess, six of us, all went into that battle, and when it was over all were killed except me (Bruce). I was Second Sergeant at the time. Capt. Wolfe was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and killed in battle, and I was Captain the remainder of the war. In a letter from the battlefield of Big Sewell Mountain to his brother, J. P. Bickley of Farmersville, Tex. He was laying plans for the future when he should come home, but he never came.



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