The 2001 Point Lookout Prisoner of War Memorial Service
The Color Guard during the firing of the cannon

Confederate reenactors during the memorial service-2001

Stacked Arms

The Battle flag of Company K of the 10th Virginia Regiment is now preserved and on display at the New Market Battlefield Military Museum,New Market, Virginia.

Battle flags are considered sacred and losing your flag is tantamount to losing the battle.

All flags were to be surrendered at Appomattox but the flag of the 10th was hidden inside the jacket of the commanding officer, Lieutenant J. G. H. Miller, who took it home where it remained for several generations.

My Grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Barham, enlisted in Company K, 10th Virginia Regiment, May 4th, 1861, at the age of seventeen, along with many other young men of Page County. They trained at Harper's Ferry and fought through most of the major engagements of the war. He was captured on May 12th, 1864, along with most of the regiment, at Spotsylvania Courthouse, taken to the Belle Plains depot, transported by steamboat to Camp Hoffman at Point Lookout, Maryland, and then transferred to Camp Chemung at Elmira, New York. Thirteen months later they were released under Oath of Allegiance on June 27th, 1865. Ben arrived in Washington, DC, on June 30th, went to the Provost Marshal's office and was given transportation home to Luray, Virginia.

Elmira POW Camp Chemung - 1864 to 1865

My Grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Barham, was transferred here from Point Lookout in 1864 to the end of the war in 1865, along with most of Company K of the 10th Virginia.

In Camp

The below link to Barhams in the Confederate Army is just that, a list of all Barhams who served in the southern armies, east and west, during the war. You may be surprised and proud, as I was, at the number of Barhams who fought for the south.

The link to the diary of Joseph Fant Kauffman is riveting reading. Kauffman served in Company K, 10th Virginia Regiment from March, 1862, to August, 1862, where he was killed in the Battle of Second Manassas. His diary is a great record of the life of a line soldier during that, or any, war. The drudgery of daily life and the horror of the fighting is clear in his text. He died while fighting beside my Grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Barham, and his last entry in the diary was "It is now sundown. They are fighting on our right. Oh, to God it would stop."

To Barhams in the Confederacy Page
Barhams in the
Confederate Army
To A Rebel's Journey Page
"A Rebel's Journey"
by Gary Bruner in the
Gettysburg Magazine
Issue 31, July, 2004
To To the Joseph Fant Kauffman Diary
The Diary of Joseph Fant Kauffman

"For they shall rest for all their toils and trials"
Revelation 14:13

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