Answers to Quiz #24 - August 27, 2005

1.  What organization did these members of the Powell family belong to?
2.  On what occasion was the photo taken?
3.  When and where was the occasion held?
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1. United Confederate Veterans (UCV)
2. 1903 Encampment
3. Between May 19 - 23, 2205 in New Orleans, LA
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1. Excerpts from the Letter
This tells you that this is a family of Civil War Vets.
2. Google Search on the Name of the Contributor of the Photo "Craig Borne";read=1078

A Louisiana Soldier KIA in Petersburg, 1865

Posted By: Craig Borne <
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Date: Sunday, 24 November 2002, at 8:49 p.m.

Josiah (Joseph) Powell, Jr. is said to have died outside Richmond, Virginia on March
10, 1865, in service of the Confederate army, but nothing more is known of this
service. I suppose “outside Virginia” coupled with the date is actually a reference to
Petersburg. I am not sure how he came to be with the Army of Northern Virginia, or if
he was fighting with a Louisiana regiment.

All of Joseph’s sons who fought in the War fought in the Army of Tennessee, so it is
baffling how this older individual came to be in Virginia. I have even seen two or three
of Joseph’s sons listed as “Rev.” *** Powell, and I have even seen mention of a “Rev.
Joseph W. Powell” in an early roster of the 4th Louisiana Regiment, but I am unsure if
this is my Joseph or not.

Joseph’s wife was Mildred Rhoda Womack, daughter of Abraham Womack and Jane
Burton. Joseph’s parents were Lt. Josiah Powell and Janet Brixey. Some of his children
were Lt.Joseph Green Alexander Powell (4th La. Inf. Reg and 3rd La. Cav.), Corp.
John Wesley Powell (4th La. Inf. Reg. And 3rd La. Cav.), Lucious M. Powell, William
Abraham Powell (4th La. Inf. Reg and 3rd La. Cav.), and Emma Cordelia Powell

I have no idea of what became of Joseph Powell, Jr. What regiment did he serve in?
What was the cause of his death? Is he buried in an identified grave? So many
questions and so few answers…

Can anyone out there help fill in the missing family pieces? I certainly would appreciate
any help anyone can give.

Best Regards,

Craig Borne
Baltimore, MD
3. Google Search on the Names of the Powells and Their Units in the Civil War
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System at:

4th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry

4th Infantry Battalion was organized during the summer of 1861 and in September its
six companies were ordered to Virginia. The men were recruited in the parishes of
Madison, Ouachita, Franklin, Tensas, and Concordia. After serving in the Army of the
Kanawha, it moved to South Carolina and was active in the conflict at Secessionville.
Later the unit was ordered to Mississippi, then was assigned to Wilson's, D.W. Adams',
and Gibson's Brigade. It fought with the Army of Tennessee from Chickamauga to
Nashville and in 1865 it aided in the defense of Mobile. The battalion lost 6 killed and 22
wounded out of the 250 engaged at Secessionville, totalled 116 men and 38 arms in
December, 1863, and had 71 present for duty in November, 1864. It surrendered with
the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. The field officers were
Lieutenant Colonel John McEnery, and Majors Duncan Buie and George C. Waddill.
Rank In
Rank Out
Dewitt Clinton Powell
4th LA Cavalry
J. G. Powell
4th LA Infantry
J. W. Powell
4th LA Infantry
W. A. Powell
4th LA Infantry
3rd Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry (Wingfield's)

3rd (Wingfield's) Cavalry Regiment was organized during the late summer of 1864. It
was formed by adding four companies to the six companies of the 9th Louisiana
Cavalry Battalion. This unit confronted the Federals in Louisiana and Mississippi, then in
May, 1865, was included in the surrender of the Department of Alabama, Mississippi,
and East Louisiana. Colonel James H. Wingfield commanded this regiment.
Predecossor unit:

9th Cavalry Battalion [also called 1st or 9th Battalion Partisan Rangers] was organized
during the early summer of 1862 with six companies and in July totalled 852 officers
and men. Many of its members were recruited in the Baton Rouge area. The unit served
in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, was active around Baton Rouge,
and was captured at Port Hudson in July, 1863. After being exchanged, it was assigned
to J. Griffith's and W. Adams' Brigade and participated in various operations in
Mississippi. Later the battalion merged into Wingfield's 3rd Louisiana Cavalry Regiment.
Lieutenant Colonel James H. Wingfield and Major James DeBaun were in command.
Rank In
Rank Out
J. G. Powell
3d LA Cavalry
2d Lieutenant
J. W. Powell
3d LA Cavalry
W. A. Powell
3d LA Cavalry
Click here for more info on Powell Brothers' Civil War Records
4. Elements of the Photo
Medal worn by
man front row
Badge worn by
man front row
"___ Moore
__ C. V."
Pin worn by
man front
row right
"New ___"
Pin worn by
woman back
row right
4. Google search on '1903', 'Confederate', 'Meeting'
U.C.V. = United Confederate Veterans
There was a reunion of the U.C.V. in New Orleans, May 19 - 23, 1903

The badges say "Camp Moore" (where the Powell Brothers enlisted) and "U.C.V."
The medals probably read "New Orleans 1903".
From Civil War Preservations at:

U.C.V. Ribbon New Orleans 1903  Price:
US $345     

Top bar has VETERAN and the attached
ribbon has NEW ORLEANS 1903. Attached
to that is a round emblem with 2 flags and
the bust of a soldier with 61 U C V 65 in the
middle and NEW ORLEANS MAY 19, 1903
on the bottom. The back side of this medal
has a pelican feeding her young with
her head. The brown pelican being the
Louisiana state bird and Justice Union
Confidence is the motto of Louisiana.
From The Veterans Attic at:

Here is a nice 1903 New
Orleans pin with red and white
ribbons hanging from it. The
red ribbon has "New Orleans"
in black and the white ribbon
has ".1903." in black. The pin
has General Gordon with the
Confederate battle flag and the
flag of Louisiana.

Price: $165

United Confederate Veterans

In February 1889, the Virginia and Tennessee army society divisions along with the
Benevolent and Historical Association, Veteran Confederate States Cavalry endorsed a
plan for a comprehensive regional organization. Representatives of 10 Louisiana,
Tennessee and Mississippi groups met that June and formed the United Confederate
Veterans.....Around 1903 or 1904, UCV hit its zenith in numbers: 80,000 or one-fourth
to one-third of living eligibles. Its 1,565 local camps were spread across 75 percent of
the counties of the 11 former Confederate states. The largest percentage of camps --
19% -- were located in Texas. South Carolina and Georgia trailed with about 10% each.

Typical camps met only once or twice a year, provided no aid to indigent comrades and
undertook no historical projects. What individual members looked forward to most
were the annual reunions, or conventions.

Some 20,000 vets flocked to Birmingham in 1894. Throughout the 1890s, these
get-togethers attracted 30,000 vets and 50,000 spectators on average. UCV's 1903
reunion in New Orleans outdrew Mardi Gras in public attendance. But by 1902, of the
140,000 people who attended in Dallas, only 12,000 were veterans. Reunions had long
ago become "annual festivals of the South" where crowds expressed symbolically
society's appreciation for the common soldier's sacrifices.

UCV's 1917 parade, reviewed by President Wilson, was the pinnacle of its prominence.
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