Union, Justice and Confidence
Louisiana seceded from the Union on January 26, 1862. Louisiana contributed 31 infantry regiments. 9 cavalry regiments and 10 artillary batteries to the Confederate armies, most of which served in the Western Theater.

William L. Fussell

By Danella Dickson

William L. Fussell was born April 7, 1837 in Washington Parish, Louisiana, the son of John R. and Sarah Corkern Fussell and one of seven brothers who served during the WBTS.

William and his brother Calvin enrolled September 29, 1861 at Camp Moore in Captain N.S. Edward’s Company B, 16th Louisiana Infantry. The regiment was moved to New Orleans where they spent the winter at Camp Benjamin.

In February 1862 the regiment was sent to Corinth, Mississippi as part of Gen. Daniel Ruggle’s Brigade. According to William’s military records he died of disease April 8, 1862. The city of Corinth had become a vast Confederate hospital as hotels, churches, residences, warehouses and the colleges were filled with wounded; but more troops died of sickness and diseases than wounds. William’s burial place is unknown.

William L. Fussell was 25 years old when he died in the service of the Confederacy.

(Curtesy of J.B. & Ramona Roberts)

Thomas Jefferson Fussell

By Danella Dickson

Thomas Jefferson Fussell was born March 22, 1847 in Washington Parish, Louisiana. He was the son of John  R. and Sarah Corken Fussell and one of seven brothers who served in the Confederacy during the WBTS.

Thomas served in Company C, 3rd Regiment Louisiana Cavalry under the command of Col. James H. Wingfield. When the regiment was reorganized in September of 1864 Thomas would have been 17 years old. Possibly Albert and Jamerson took their younger brother with them when they rejoined their unit. We know he was with the military unit when they surrendered at Citronelle, Alabama and he was paroled at Gainesville May 12, 1865.

Thomas married his first wife, Mary Ann Hogan, December 23, 1866 at Sabine Pass, Louisiana. In 1870 they were living in Sabine County, Texas near her parents. She died January 1, 1880 at Orange County, Texas. They were the parents of Columbus, Florence, Alonzo and Ola. Thomas married Hettie E. McMillian October 26, 1882 at Sabine Pass, Louisiana. They were the parents of ten children.

Thomas filed for a Confederate pension November 26, 1906 and listed his military service as Company C, 9th Battalion Cavalry and Company C, 3rd Louisiana. He stated he enlisted May 1863 at Washington Parish and was never wounded. He died November 22, 1914 Sabine Parish, Louisiana and is buried in the Aimwell Cemetery.

(Courtesy of J.B & Ramona Roberts)

Private John R. Fussell

By Danella Dickson

John R. Fussel was born February 7, 1831 in Rankin County, Mississippi, the son of John R. and Sarah Corkern Fussell. Soon after John’s birth the family moved to Washington Parish, Louisiana where he grew up. John was one of seven brothers who served during the WBTS.

On December 7, 1862, at Columbia, Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, John enlisted in a cavalry company under the command of captain A.W. Faulkner known as Caldwell defenders. The men equipped themselves and united with the other cavalry companies to from the Third Louisiana Cavalry Regiment. They became part of the Confederate Army with the understanding they would remain in their home area to protect their property and the civilian population rom the threat of Union aggression. As the war continued their position changed from defensive to offensive. The cavalry unit’s “hit and run” tactics allowed them to stay on the lookout for Confederate deserters while they harassed Union forces.

In January of 1863, John’s unit came under the command of Colonel Isaac F. Harrison. The unit was active within the boundaries of Louisiana and saw action during the red river Campaign (March – June 1864). It was finally paroled at various places in Louisiana at the close of the war. During his military service John was never wounded or taken prisoner. He stated on his pension application that he suffered from “hard spells of sickness”

Private Jamerson P. Fussell

By Danella Dickson

Jamerson enlisted May 13 1862 at Camp Moore Louisiana in Company A, 9th Battalion Louisiana Partisan Rangers. He was paid a $50.00 bounty at the time of enlistment. Soldiers who supplied a horse or other equipment were paid for their use. On the company muster roll for August, 1862 Jamerson was paid $38.40 for 3 months and six days, a rate of forth cents per day for the use of his horse

Company A, 9th Battalion was made up mostly of men from Washington Parish, LA. The 1862 the Partisan Ranger Act passed by the Confederate Congress authorized the formation of these units and gave them a legitimacy which placed them in a different category than the common “bushwhacker” or “guerrilla”. The assignment was to keep Federal troops out of eastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Based on their frequent skirmishes with the enemy they were successful, or at least a great nuisance.

Since there was no accounting for Partisan forces some considered them to be diversion of men and equipment needed by regular forces. In early 1863 the Confederate War Department issued orders to disband the Partisan units. Some men from Company A went home but Jamerson was among those who joined units defending Port Hudson, LA. A siege lasted from May 23 to July 8, 1863 ending in a Confederate surrender. Jameson was on a list of Port Hudson POW’s released on parole in July, 1863.

In September 1864 Col. James H. Winfield reorganized the 9th Louisiana Battalion and designated them the 3rd Regiment Louisiana Volunteer Cavalry. Through the fall of that year the regiment, under the command of Col. Wingfield, operated in eastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi. The frequent engagements with the enemy took the regiment to northern Mississippi in late December 1864. This is where most of the regiment remained until the end of the war.

On May 4, 1865, at Citronelle, Alabama, Lt. General R. Taylor, C.S.A. surrendered all Confederate troops in the Department of East Louisiana, West Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Under the terms of the surrender the former Confederates were paroled and allowed to return to their homes. Jamerson Fussell, now a First Sergeant, was among the men paroled in Gainesville, Alabama on may 12, 1865.

Jamerson married Frances Ellen Bullock January 24, 1861. There were the parents of eight children all born in Washington Parish, Louisiana. Jamerson donated the land for the Fussell Cemetery and was the first to be buried there following his death on February 26, 1898.

(Courtesy of J.B. & Ramona Roberts)

Private James P. Fussell

By Danella Dickson

James P. Fussell was born June 28, 1839 Washington Parish, Louisiana, the son of John and Sarah Corkern Fussell. He was one of seven brothers who served during WBTS.

James enlisted March 8, 1862 at Franklinton, Washing Parish in Company I, 9th Louisiana infantry. As a private in this regiment James took part in the following engagements in 1862: 1st Winchester on May 25, Port Republic on May 25, Malvern Hill on June 27, Cold Harbor on June 29, 1862; Cedar Run on August 8 and 2nd Manassas August 28-30. James was wounded at 2nd Manassas and sent to the rear, in the confusion of war he was never heard from again but it was assumed he died.

A large number of wounded Confederate soldiers were evacuated by train and carried into Warrenton for treatment. Those who did not survive and buried in the cemetery. When Union soldiers   held the town during a cold 1863 winter, they used the wooden grave markers from Confederate soldier’s graves to keep warm and the names of most of those soldiers were lost.

The identities of those soldiers would remain unknown for more than 100 years until a family historian; Robert E. Smith from Illinois started a search for a Confederate ancestor in 1982. He spent 14 years searching through hospital records and regimental histories, and came across records from Warrenton field hospitals that “had been misfield in the National Archives”. Combined with his previous research, he was able to identify 520 of the 600 soldiers whose remains were buried in Warrenton’s mass grave.

The Black Horse Chapter #9 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy worked to create a monument to those soldiers, believing they deserved a grave marker, and the Wall to name the Fallen was conceived and built.

In the fall of 2011 the Warrenton Cemetery was given a historical plaque as part of Virginia’s Civil War Trails Program(1). But most important to us the monument list James P. Fussell, Co. I, 9th Regmt., d. September 11, 1862 (2).

At the age of 23 James P. Fussell gave his life in defense of the Confederate cause.

  1. Warrenton Virginia Cemetery – Notable Confederate Resting Place
  2. Find A Grave, Warrenton Cemetery, Fauquier County, Virginia

Find A Grave Memorial #11735151

(Courtesy of J.B. & Ramona Robert)