SOLDIERS and GRAFFITI

Names, Ranks and Units of those who have been Identified in the Graffiti House

Allen Bowman Sergeant Co. E, 12th Virginia Cavalry
Michael Bowman Private 7th Virginia Cavalry
Hamilton Boyd Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
George Washington Butt Private Norfolk Light Artillery (Hugerís Battery)
James A. J. Cooper  Private Co. A, 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Whiteís Comancheís)
Edwin Dillingham Captain 10th Vermont Infantry
C. Benton Evans Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
William. Evans  Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
John Egbert Farnum Colonel  Commander, 70th New York Infantry
Lyman C. Gale  Lieutenant Co. K, 10th Vermont Infantry
Fayette Gibson Corporal Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
Thomas ĎHerbí Greenwell Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
Uriah Haller Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
William J. Haney** Private 24th Battalion Virginia Partisan Rangers
Henry ĎHalí Hopkins Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
William Hopkins Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
Bob Lewis Private Norfolk Light Artillery (Hugerís Battery)
George McCabe Jr. Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery
William J.  Marshall Lieutenant Co. E, 12th Virginia Cavalry
Lewis Metta    
Joseph Moore Lieutenant Norfolk Light Artillery (Hugerís Battery)
Edward Moreland  Private Norfolk Light Artillery (Hugerís Battery)
A Muth Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
George W. Orrison Private Co. C, 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Whiteís Comancheís)
David Owens Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
Robert Peed Private Norfolk Light Artillery (Hugerís Battery)
Elijah Russell Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
JEB Stuart Maj. Gen. Commander, Army of Northern Virginia Cavalry
Henry Thomas  Sergeant Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
Harry Wagner Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
Harry Wickes Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*
Thomas ĎFrankí Yates Private Breathedís Battery, Stuart Horse Artillery*

* Part of the Maryland Scroll, created on March 16, 1863, the day before the Battle of Kellyís Ford.

 

** The only William Haney found to date served in four separate units: 30th Virginia Infantry, 13th Virginia Infantry, 24th Battalion Partisan Rangers and the 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry. It is believed he signed the walls of the Graffiti House while serving in the 24th Battalion Partisan Rangers.

 

*** Also identifies himself with Gannettís Artillery Battalion

Units Separately Identified

Massachusetts Battery ĎCí
2nd New York Militia
Louisiana Tigers
2nd Division 3rd Corps
10th New Jersey Infantry
Stuart Horse Artillery
Army of the United States of America
Hillís Corps
Gannettís Battalion

 

Events and Locations Identified

Battle of Beverly Ford, April 16 1863

Likely done by a member of either the 9th or 13th

Virginia Cavalry

June 8, 1863

Possibly done by a member of the 1st SC Cavalry

"How are you Fort SumpterĒ

(spelled Sumter incorrectly)

Done by the 2nd NY Militia

Petersburg

 

Rappahannock

Likely done by a member of either the 9th or 13th

Virginia Cavalry

March 16, 1863

Done by a member of the Stuart Horse Artillery

Portsmouth, Virginia

Done by a member of Norfolk Light Artillery

(Hugerís Battery)

Loudoun County

Done by a member of the 35th Battalion Virginia

Cavalry

 

Events and Locations ID'ed

Drawings

Of all the drawings found (many are shown below) only a drawing of Captain James Breathed has been identified.  The Maryland Scroll is pictured separately.

"The Dancing Lady" graffiti.

Lt. J. Marshall, Co. E, 12th Va Cavly
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Mass(achusetts) Battery
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Maybe a Nurse?
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Michael Bowman, 7th Va. Cavalry
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We were able to match  a "Graffiti House" signature with a period photograph.  A picture of Trooper Michael Bowman was found on an internet site for the 7th Virginia Cavalry. Trooper Bowman's signature is on the front wall of the upper left room (as you go up the stairs).

It is possible, although not proven, that Trooper Bowman may also be related to Sgt. Allen Bowman of the 12th Virginia Cavalry who signed the front wall of the front (facing the road) right room. This scenario seems possible since the 12th was actually part of the 7th Cavalry organization before the 7th was split because of its very large size.

Sgt. Allen Bowman Co. E, 12th Va. Cav
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