George Hite BIRD (1852-?)

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Above This a portrait of Private Hite Bird of the Virginia Regiment Confederate States of America. Hite BIRD (1852-?) was the son of Judge Mark BIRD Sr. (1810-1883) and Sarah Clark Maury HITE (1814-?) of Bird's Nest, Mount Jackson, Shenandoah Co., VA. (Mount Jackson is now located in Shenandoah County, but the Bird family home sites of Craney Island Plantation and Birdís Nest Plantation are located in Rockingham County, Virginia. Under the shadow of Bird Knob in the Massanutten Mountains. All of this land was originally in Augusta County, Virginia. Photo Information: Title: [Portrait of Pvt. Hite Bird, Virginia Regiment, C.S.A.] Published Date: [between 1860 and 1865, re-photographed 1961] Notes: Forms part of Selected Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 (Library of Congress) Copy photo made by LC in 1961 of tintype in collection of Mrs. Rebecca Williams, Alexandria, Va. American Memory edition timeline. No. 1049 Forms part of Brady Civil War Phonogram Card Number: cwp2003001085/PP Call Number: Civil War Reference File[P&P] Medium: 1 photographic print.................................

George Hite BIRD (1852-?)

(4th cousin once removed of Jeff Augustus “Gus” BIRD 1893-1954)

Terry Louis Linton ã 2011

Linton Research Fund Inc., Publication ã 2011

LINTON & BIRD Chronicles, Volume VIII, Issue 1 Spring © 2013, ISSN 1941-3521

Hite BIRD, born in 1852, served in Company C, 7th Virginia Cavalry, Laurel Brigade, Shenandoah County, Virginia, Confederate States of America as a private. Under General Thomas L. Rosser with commanders Colonel Angus McDonald and later Colonel Turner Ashby.

George Hite BIRD (1852-?) was the son of Judge Mark BIRD Sr. (1810-1883) and Sarah Clark Maury HITE (1814-?) of Bird's Nest, Mount Jackson, Shenandoah County, Virginia. (Mount Jackson is now located in Shenandoah County, but the Bird family home sites of Craney Island Plantation and Bird’s Nest Plantation are located in Rockingham County, Virginia. Under the shadow of Bird Knob in the Massanutten Mountains. All of this land was originally in Augusta County, Virginia. George was the tenth of fourteen children and went by his middle name of Hite.

Private Hite BIRD, born in 1852, served in Company C, 7th Virginia Cavalry, Laurel Brigade, Shenandoah County, Virginia, Confederate States of America as a private. Under General Thomas L. Rosser with commanders Colonel Angus McDonald and later Colonel Turner Ashby.

The 7th Virginia Cavalry also known as Ashby's Cavalry was a Confederate cavalry regiment raised in the spring of 1861 by Colonel Angus William McDonald The regiment was composed primarily of men from the counties of the upper Shenandoah Valley as well as from the counties of Fauquier and Loudoun. Two companies contained men from the border counties of Maryland.

 

History

 

The regiment was initially assigned to guarding the upper Potomac and was attached to the command of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in the Valley. In the spring of 1862 the regiment took part in Jackson's Valley Campaign, where the exploits of the unit and its commander, Turner Ashby, became famous on both sides of the war. Near the conclusion of the campaign, Ashby was mortally wounded and Col. Richard Henry Dulany took command of the regiment, which had swelled to 29 companies. The regiment was reorganized at the end of the campaign, with the original 10 companies remaining and the excess 19 forming the 12th Regiment and 17th Battalion of Virginia Cavalry. Together with these two regiments, the 7th would become the nucleus of the famed Laurel Brigade.

 

As part of the brigade, the 7th saw major action during the Gettysburg Campaign in 1863 and was at the famed cavalry Battle of Brandy Station that same year. They took part in Jubal A. Early's ill-fated Valley Campaigns of 1864 and were at Appomattox Courthouse, though much of the unit escaped through federal lines and returned home to disband rather than taking parole with the rest of the Army of Northern Virginia.

 

Companies

A - Fauquier Mountain Rangers (Fauquier Co.)

B - (1st) Howard Dragoons (Howard Co., Md.)

B - (2nd) Letcher Brock's Gap Rifles (Rockingham Co.)

C - Shenandoah Rangers (Shenandoah Co.)

D - Jordan's Co. (Page Co.)

E - Bowen's Mounted Rangers (Warren Co.)

F - Hampshire Rifleman (Hampshire Co.)

G - Mason Rangers (Maryland and Loudoun Co.)

H - (1st) Brock's Gap Sharpshooters (Rockingham Co.)

H - (2nd) Shoup's Co. (Rockingham Co.)

I - Shand's Company(Rockingham Co.)

K - Miller's Company (Shenandoah Co.)

 

References:

McDonald, William N. A History of the Laurel Brigade: Originally the Ashby Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia and Chew's Battery. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Md. 2002.

7th Virginia Cavalry: A Brief History of the Regiment