Private Peyton Henderson SEAMANDS 1 2
- Born: 31 Jan 1844, , Cabell, West Virginia, USA
- Married: 1874
- Died: 9 Jan 1923, Guyandotte, Cabell, West Virginia, USA
- Buried: Cemetery, Spring Hill, Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia, USA
Civil War Pvt. Co. H, 29th Virginia Infantry 2 Apr 1862.
Pvt. Peyton H. Seamands
Posted by Andre' Jack Shye <AShye@aol.com> on Sun, 31 Jan 1999
Surname: SEAMONDS, SHY, HARRISON, HARSHBARGER, JENKINS, HALL
The following is taken from the KYOWVA Genealogical Society Newsletter, Volume XVII Number III, January-February 1994 pg. 11 Confederate Images, by C. E. Avery & Mark S. Still Ph. D
PVT. PEYTON H. SEAMANDS
Co. H, 29th Va., Infantry Regt.
A native of Cabell Co. in West Virginia, near the border of Ohio and Kentucky, Peyton Henderson Seamands was born Jan. 31, 1844. His ancestral roots were deep in the Old Dominion where his great grandfather, Jonathan Seamands, had served in the Virginia militia during the American Revolution.
The Seamands family were staunch Confederate sympathizers living in an area of divided sympathies, where several of “Pate’s” cousins served in the Union army, and on occasion suffered for their convictions. Peyton’s older brother, Charles, enlisted as a private in Co. E, 8th Va. Cav. And was killed at the Battle of New Hope, near Atlanta. Two of Peyton’s brothers-in-law also saw service in this regiment: James Dundas, a lieutenant; and James Poindexter, a private who was captured. Peyton’s parents, William R. and Nancy Seamands, were both imprisoned for refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the Union, the father at Camp Chase and the mother in Wayne Co., West Virginia.
Peyton himself responded to the call when conscripted and mustered into service as a private of Co. H, 29th Virginia Inf. On April 2, 1862.
This regiment was largely recruited from southwest Virginia and in the fall of 1862 participated in Bragg’s invasion of Kentucky. During the Confederate withdrawal, Peyton was left at Ellyson’s Mills, Kentucky, in charge of two sick comrades unable to march. Two weeks later, on Oct. 30th, he was taken prisoner. However, he was exchanged at Vicksburg, Mississippi on Dec. 22nd and returned to duty in the middle of Jan. 1863.
The 29th Va. now was attached to Pickett’s Division of Longstreet’s Corp in the Army of No. Virginia. General Montgomery D. Corse’s Brigade, of which the 29th was a part, spent April through early July 1863 in the Tidewater region, attempting to hold in check a Union expedition at Suffolk and secure supplies for Lee’s army. Early in June, while the rest of Pickett’s Division marched north to participate in the invasion of the North, Corse’s Brigade remained behind to protect Richmond. As Lee commenced his retreat from Gettysburg, the 29th was ordered to cross the Blue Ridge Mts. And rejoined the retreating Confederates. While doing so it skirmished with Federals at Chester Gap, near Winchester.
For the remainder of the war the 29th served in eastern Virginia with some service in Tennessee, southwestern Virginia, and North Carolina. In the latter place, the regiment participated in efforts to retake New Bern. During 1864, the regiment saw action at the battles of Drewry’s Bluff and Cold Harbor.
Just one week before the army surrendered he [Peyton Seamonds] was wounded at Dinwiddie Court House during the siege of Petersburg. On April 2, 1865 he was admitted to the Confederate hospital at Farmville with a wound in his left arm.
Following the war, he returned to West Virginia where he worked on his father’s farm near Barboursville. On March 26, 1874 he married Geneva Cox and they made their home in Milton W. Virginia, where Pate worked for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. In later years they moved to Huntington, where he operated the elevator at the Bradshaw-Diehl Department store.
Pate enjoyed attending Confederate reunions and was buried in his Confederate uniform when he died on Jan. 9, 1923 in Huntington. He was interred at the Spring Hill Cemetery.
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Pvt. Peyton Henderson SEAMANDS was born on 31 Jan 1844 in Cabell Co., VA (WV). He Civil War Pvt. Co. H, 29th Virginia Inf. on 2 Apr 1862. He died on 9 Jan 1923 in Huntington, Cabell Co., WV. He was born about 11 Jan 1923 in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington, Cabell Co., WV. Parents: William Riley SEAMANDS and Nancy HARSHBARGER .
He was married to Geneva COX on 26 Mar 1874 in Cabell Co., WV.
Cabell Co WV Heritage 1809-1996, Pg 295, 1996, Cabell Co Public Library, 455 Ninth Street, Huntington, WV 25701, 929.3754421 C HRL. "JOSEPH SEAMANDS...Children of William and Nancy:...(9) Peyton Henderson (31 Jan 1844 - 9 Jan 1923) private, Co H 29th Virginia Infantry, CSA, m. Geneva Cox, 1874..."
Hardesty's Encyclopedia of West Virginia Heritage (Richwood, WV), Ed/Publ Jim Comstock, Vol VI, Chap 2 Cabell, Pg 104-105, 1974, Cabell Co Public Library, 455 Ninth Street, Huntington, WV 25701, 1000194052. "WILLIAM R SEAMANDS:
...The children of Mr and Mrs Seamands are recorded:...Peyton H, 31 Jan 1843, lives in this district...Peyton was conscripted into the Confederate army at the age of seventeen, and was wounded in the arm just before Lee's surrender..."
Jim Comstock, Encyclopedia of West Virginia Heritage (Richwood, WV), Vol VI, Pg 104-105, 1974, Cabell Co Public Library, 455 Ninth Street, Huntington, WV 25701, 1000194052. "WILLIAM R SEAMANDS ...The children of Mr and Mrs Seamands are recorded:...Peyton H, 31 Jan 1843, lives in this district...Peyton was conscripted inot the Confederate army at the age of 17, and was wounded in the arm just before Lee's surrender..."
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Peyton H Seamands Had light hair, blue eyes, light complexion and was 5.0900 feet tall
Enlist Date Enlist Place Enlist Rank Enlist Age
02 April 1862 Tazewell, VA Priv
Served Virginia Born 1843 Enlisted H Co. 29th Inf Reg. VA
Source: The Virginia Regimental Histories Series
Published by on 1987
Database: Civil War Muster Rolls
Surname, Given Name, Middle, Initial, Company, Unit, Rank - Induction, Rank - Discharge, Notes, Box #, Extraction #, Record #:
Seamands, Peyton H., H, 29 Virginia Infantry, Private, Private, 000382, 0049, 00001607.
Peyton married Geneva COX in 1874.