Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

It’s a Small (Confederate) World After All

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on January 19, 2016

Monday, in my post on the premiere of Mercy Street, I wondered aloud if the character of Frank Stringfellow — who will appear in later episodes of the series — had any connection to Henry Martyn Stringfellow, a Confederate artillery officer who later settled here in Galveston County. I didn’t realize that Frank Stringfellow was a real person, and a relatively famous one at that. It turns out that he and Henry were first cousins, and separated by only three years in age. Henry grew up in Petersburg and Hanover County, while Frank was born in Culpeper County, further north. Both attended the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Henry before the war and Frank, after.

Neat. Thanks to commenter David Corbett for pointing me in the right direction.



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  1. OhioGuy said, on January 20, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Is this the guy?

    Calls him a “lean, clean spying machine.” To me he seems to be one strange dude. πŸ˜‰

  2. Betty Giragosian said, on January 20, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Read the book. “Stringfellow of the Fourth” He was in the Fourth Virginia Cavalry, Company G. He was quite a soldier.. The book will be out of print, but it is worth the search.

  3. OhioGuy said, on January 21, 2016 at 9:53 am

    OT: This topic somehow reminded me of some of the debates I used to have with a Mike Smith on the old CompuServe ROOTS Forum about the Civil War. Mike was kind of a semi-unreconstructed fellow, who was actually, as I recall, one of the moderators of the forum. I’ve since lost all contact with him. The only other thing I remember about him is that he was from Texas. Andy, any chance you know the guy I’m talking about?

    • Andy Hall said, on January 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

      The name doesn’t ring a bell, but I’m bad about names sometimes. Sorry.

      • OhioGuy said, on January 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm

        Well, somehow the term “small Confederate world” just reminded me of him, as he was always in what seemed to be to be his own small Confederate world, if you know what I mean. Otherwise, he seemed like a nice guy. I think he was a librarian at some big library in Texas. Thanks for trying! πŸ˜‰

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