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!UNKNOWN LABEL

Label
1905-1909
Inclusive dates
1905-1909
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Papers, 1905-1909, of George W. Finley (1838-1909) of Augusta County, Virginia, consisting of an obituary, 1905, for Margaret Elizabeth Booker Finley (1840-1905); a Confederate service record of George Williamson Finley; and a letter, August 1908, from Finley to Reverend C. H. Dobbs containing an account of Finley's time as a Union prisoner of war from 3 July 1863 to 14 May 1865
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Action
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  • Described
Biographical or historical data
George Williamson Finley was born 1 December 1838 at Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina. He attended Hampden-Sydney College from 1855 to 1856 and received a BA from Washington College in 1858. Finley was a bank clerk and farmer before the Civil War. When war began, he was commissioned captain of Company E, 14th Virginia Infantry. In November 1862, Finley resigned his commission to return home for personal matters. Upon his return to the army, he was elected lieutenant of Company K, 56th Virginia Infantry in Pickett's Division. At the battle of Gettysburg, Finley was on of a few men who crossed the stone wall into Union lines during Pickett's Charge on 3 July 1863. Captured, Finley spent the rest of the war in various union prisons. He was one of 600 confederate officers shipped to Charleston, South Carolina, and placed in line of Confederate guns. He took the oath of allegiance and was released 14 May 1865. After the war, he attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and became a Presbyterian minister. He served in the Winchester Presbytery from 1868 to 1870, then at churches in Romney and Sprinfield, West Virginia, from 1870 to 1892. His last church was Tinkling Springs located in Augusta County, Virginia. He died in Staunton, Virginia 23 April 1909, and was buried in the Tinkling Springs cemetery. Finley married Margaret Elizabeth Booker (1840-1905) of Charlotte County, Virginia, 4 May 1858, and they had 9 children.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Papers
Label
!UNKNOWN LABEL
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
10
Immediate source of acquisition
Wilson, Howard
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000501150
Reproduction note
Photostats (negative).
Type of unit
leaves.

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