Col. Cary Breckinridge, Jr.

Male 1839 - 1918  (78 years)


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  • Name Col. Cary Breckinridge, Jr.  [1, 2
    Title Col. 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 5 Oct 1839  Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Birth 5 Oct 1839  Catawba, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Exact location unknown 
    Residence 1850  Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    _MILT Colonel, Cavalry, Confederate Army 
    Burial 1918  Godwin Cem, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 1918  Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 11 May 1918  Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Cary Breckinridge, Jr. Breckinridge entered the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington in 1856. He was an unexceptional student and graduated eighteenth in a class of forty-one on 4 Jul 1860, but during his final year at VMI he served as cadet second lieutenant and ranked first in his class in infantry tactics.

      Breckinridge and all four of his brothers fought for the Confederacy, and three of them died. A diary kept by their sister Lucy Gilmer Breckinridge between 1862 and 1864 recorded the constant worry and grief experienced by the family on the home front. Cary Breckinridge enrolled as second lieutenant of the Botetourt Dragoons on 17 May 1861. On 30 Jan 1862, he was elected captain of Company C, 2nd Regiment Virginia Cavalry, and less than three months later, on 24 Apr 1862, he received a major's commission. Breckinridge was an aggressive combatant and during the course of the war reportedly had five horses shot from under him. At the Second Battle of Manassas, on 30 Aug 1862, he suffered a saber cut to his face, the first of his five war wounds. Breckinridge was captured at Kelly's Ford on 17 Mar 1863, and briefly imprisoned in the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C. After he was exchanged and enjoyed a week of recuperation at home he returned to his regiment. In Jan 1865 Breckinridge was promoted to lieutenant colonel retroactive to 7 Dec 1864. During the waning days of the war he was promoted to brigadier general, but having never held that rank in battle he refused to claim it later in life.

      Physically imposing and from a prominent family, Breckinridge remained active in Conservative Party and Democratic Party politics. He served in the House of Delegates 1869-1871 and served as the superintendent of public schools for Botetourt County from 1886 until 1917. [source:http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Breckinridge_Cary_1839-1918]
    Person ID I407  mytree
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2017 

    Father Cary Breckinridge,   b. 13 Feb 1796, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1867  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Emma Walker Gilmer,   b. 18 Jul 1807, Henry, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1893  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 1831 
    Family ID F255  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Virginia Caldwell,   b. 21 Jul 1840,   d. 23 Dec 1921  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 27 Jun 1866  [5
    Notes 
    • They were married by Rev. Mr. Lindsley at "Brierfield", West Virginia.
    Children 
     1. James Breckinridge,   b. 4 Aug 1867
     2. Lucy Gilmer Breckinridge,   b. 20 Dec 1869
     3. Henry Caldwell Breckinridge,   b. 24 Jul 1871
     4. Cary Breckinridge, III,   b. 23 Nov 1872
     5. John Peachy Breckinridge,   b. 12 Jun 1873
     6. William Norwood Breckinridge,   b. 1 May 1875
     7. Emma Cary Breckinridge,   b. 7 Jul 1877
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F292  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Oct 1839 - Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Exact location unknown - 5 Oct 1839 - Catawba, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1850 - Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 1918 - Godwin Cem, Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1918 - Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 May 1918 - Fincastle, Botetourt, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    1850 US Census - District 8, Botetourt, VA (p147A).jpg
    1850 US Census - District 8, Botetourt, VA (p147A).jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S94] Melissa Ward (sarafina@delcarsdungeon.com), Papers left to her grandson, CHL III..

    2. [S116] Seldens of Virginia Vol 1, Page 105.

    3. [S189] 1850 United States Federal Census, (Name: National Archives and Records Administration;), Year: 1850; Census Place: District 8, Botetourt, Virginia; Roll: M432_936; Page: 147A; Image: ..
      Cary Breckenridge,
      Emma W.,
      Mary A.,
      Peachy G.,
      James,
      Carey,
      Eliza W.,
      Lucy G.,
      John H.,
      Emma J.,
      George W.

    4. [S57] Find A Grave.

    5. [S74] Internet, http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Breckinridge_Cary_1839-1918.


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