Saturday, August 15, 2015

Confederate Captain Gary F. Grimes: Died at Antietam

In yesterday's post, I mentioned the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, attempting to preserve the coat of Capt. Gary F. Grimes who commanded  the Grimes Battery/Portsmouth Light Artillery.

From the Antietam site.

Captain Gary (Carey) F. Grimes (1829-1862)

Elected Town sergeant of Portsmouth, Virginia in 1856 and captain of Portsmouth Artillery in 1858.

Mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland when he was shot from his horse as he directed his battery at Piper's Farm on September 17, 1862.

He died later that evening.  He was relieved from command by Lt. John H. Thompson who had been in command of one of the gun sections.

Grimes was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Portsmouth.

--Old Secesh

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