Company "F" 14th W. Va. Infantry

Civil War Headstone Dedication Held July 26, 2008

Presented by Mary Rea Lamp.

A dedication of a Civil War headstone was held at 1:00 P.M., Sat., July 26th at the gravesite of Corp. Adam Bumgardner at the Highland Cemetery, Highland, Ritchie County, West Virginia.


Descendants - John “Shorty” Bumgardner of Harrisville, West Virginia,
Mrs. Mary Lamp, Speaker, Vienna, West Virginia, & Mrs. Carleen McLeod of Belpre, Ohio


Co. F 14th West Virginia Infantry Reenactors Group


Cannon Fire

Opening Music – “Coming Home,” Amazing Grace,” and “Star Spangled Banner;” provided by Mr. Gerald Bills.

Thank you for coming to honor my Great Great Grandfather, Corporal Adam Bumgardner.

Adam Bumgardner, son of John and Susan Woods Bumgardner, was born July 29, 1827 in Bath Co., Virginia. In Harrison County, (W) Virginia on Nov. 25, 1851, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Ann Jordan, daughter of John and Sarah Fox Jordan.

To this union 10 children were born:

John William m. 1st Harriet Martin and 2nd Mary Enochs
Sarah Jane m. Leander Horner
Alice Victoria m. William Bumgardner her 1st cousin once removed
Columbia F. died in infancy
Sanford Marion m. Florence Grudier
Rose Ann m. William Triplett Sr.
Mary Elizabeth m. Theodore Gorrell
Samuel U. m. 1st Delia O’Neal and 2nd Alice Davis
Martha Belle m. William Benjiman Wilson
James Alvin m. Mary Elizabeth Lamp

I descend from son Sanford Marion. I would like introduce special guests; Mrs. Carleen McLeod of Belpre, OH a descendant of John William and Mr. John “Shorty” Bumgardner of Harrisville, West Virginia a descendant of James Alvin.

Will other descendants of Adam please signify your presence and will descendants of Adam’s brother Samuel please do the same?

Adam Bumgardner and his brother Samuel enrolled as Privates in Co. F, 14th Regiment West Virginia Infantry Volunteers on the 12th day of August 1862, at Hebron, Pleasants County, West Virginia.

Men from Pleasants, Ritchie and Tyler Counties met for organization and drill in an open field at Hebron, then called Giter. From this point on August 30th, this Company started on its march to Highland, they traveled past this Cemetery and down the old state road to Ellenboro, where they boarded the train for the Camp at Clarksburg.

Someone of the company composed a little ditty about this particular day that went like this---

We marched the road to Ellenboro

From Giter all the way
We took the train for Clarksburg
Arriving there that day
We then went into quarters
And drilled the Army way
We lived on beans and bacon
A-longing for the fray

On May 9, Crook's three brigades (6,100 men) on a raid into southwestern Virginia encountered a patchwork Confederate force under Brigadier General Albert Jenkins at Cloyd's Mountain.

The 2nd Brigade, commanded by Col. Carr B. White, consisted of the 12th & 91st Ohio and the 9th & 14th West Virginia regiments.

Under heavy fire the 14th West Virginia advanced to within twenty yards of the Confederate breastwork, where it halted and fired volley after volley. Unable or unwilling to advance, the 14th West Virginia fought in an exposed position for almost half and hour. When the 12th Ohio retired on its left, the 14th West Virginia came under enfilading fire, Col. Johnson also reluctantly withdrew. Unable to hear orders to charge above the battle din, his men easily perceived the command to retire. In battle for the first time they retreated precipitately from their suicidal position. 14th West Virginia Infantry, Col. Daniel D. Johnson,
May 9th 1864 Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain
13 killed, 62 wounded, missing 13.
“Cut to pieces here – darkest day.”

Other engagements:
Lexington, VA, June 11, 1864
Lynchburg, VA, June 17 & 18, 1864
Carter’s Farm, VA, July 20, 1864
Winchester, VA, Sept. 19, 1864
Fisher’s Hill, VA, Sept 23, 1864
Cedar Creek, VA, Oct. 19, 1864

Adam Bumgardner was honorably mustered out with the Company the 27th day of June, 1865 at Cumberland, MD. Adam applied for a pension Dec. 24th 1879, having been disabled by the measles and taking cold, they settled on his lungs causing consumption of the lungs. Adam died Aug. 29th 1883, before his pension was granted. His widow Margaret Ann applied for and received a Widow’s pension. Margaret was able to purchase a farm on Bond’s Creek where she died Dec 6th 1891.

I often heard my Grandmother Dessa Bumgardner Wilson say “her grandfather Adam Bumgardner never owned any property, only the plot where he is buried.”

I want to express my thanks to the following:

Mr. Gerald Bills who encouraged me to place a Military headstone recognizing Corp. Adam Bumgardner’s Civil War service. To Gerald and his brother John Bills for setting the headstone.

Mr. John Haddox and the Co F. 14th West Virginia Inf. Reenactors.

Mr. Kenneth Mossor for the letter permitting the headstone to be placed in this cemetery.

Rev. Hodge and Mrs. Linda Lambert for opening the Church building and Fellowship hall in case of rain.

Command given “Co. F, 14th West Virginia render honors.”

A twenty-one gun salute followed, which included the firing of a canon and long rifles.

Webpage by Linda Cunningham Fluharty.