Received in a mailing from the Museum of the Confederacy today:
Sought By Museum
(Richmond)—Descendants of members of the 18th Virginia Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia, are being sought by the Museum of the Confederacy to participate in an event marking the final restoration of the Regiment’s battle flag, according to Dexter Oliver, a Nottoway County native spearheading the drive for the Museum.
The flag was captured in the Union Cavalry’s final charge at Sailor’s Creek. Sgt Ivers Calkins of the 2nd New York Cavalry, is credited with the capture and earned a Medal of Honor. The Regimental banner was returned to Virginia by the Federal government in 1905 as a demonstration of National reconciliation promoted by President Teddy Roosevelt whose family members had served on both sides of the conflict. The Museum of the Confederacy has been engaged in an aggressive flag restoration program since 1993.
The 18th Va consisted of ten companies of Southside Virginians to include Company A, the Danville Blues; Co B, the Danville Greys; Co C, the Nottoway Rifle Guards; Co D, the Prospect Rifle Guards (Prince Edward); Co E, the Black Eagle Rifles (Cumberland); Co F, the Farmville Guard; Co G, the Nottoway Greys; Co H, the Appomattox Greys; Co I, the Spring Garden Greys (Pittsylvania); and Co K, the Charlotte Rifles.
Organized in May, 1861, the unit fought at First Manassas. A part of George Pickett’s Brigade and later his Division, it participated in all the major campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from Williamsburg to Gettysburg except when it was detached to Suffolk with Longstreet.
Later it served in North Carolina, returned to Virginia, and took an active part in the battles of Drewry’s Bluff and Cold Harbor. The 18th endured the hardships of the Petersburg trenches and fought its last battle at Sailor’s Creek where it was overwhelmed and captured by Sheridan’s cavalry. The handful that escaped capture was surrendered at Appomattox by Nottoway Rifle Guards 2Lt Charles H. Wilkinson.
Descendants of 18th Virginia Infantry wanting to participate in the Museum of the Confederacy event should contact Dexter Oliver at 804-745-9441 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.