George Washington Golladay

18th Virginia Cavalry
Company D (Capt. Wesley Makely's Co)

5th Virginia Infantry
Company K (Continental Morgan Guards)
Stonewall Brigade

Son of Jacob Golladay and Catherine Clem

George was eighteen years old and not married when he enlisted in the infantry on 12 May 1861 at Winchester. He mustered into service on 30 June 1861 at Camp Stevens. He was 5' 10" in height with light complexion, grey eyes, and light hair. His occupation was listed as laborer.

George was present in 1861, but had an illness in 1862. The Muster Roles state he was sick in the hospital in Winchester and then Charlottesville. It is not clear when George recovered. But on 24 September 1862, he re-enlisted in the CSA cavalry at Berryville.

He was paroled on 20 April 1865 at Winchester.

George married Lucy Sonner on 11 April 1867.

Parole paper

This was the parole that George signed in April, 1865. He carried this document on his person until his death in Maypearl, Texas. This resulted in its poor condition.

Courtesy of Harvey L. Golladay of Bow, New Hampshire

After the Civil War ended, males in the South between the ages of 18 and 35 were required to carry a parole in their pockets. If a young Southern man was stopped by Yankee soldiers and did not have a parole, he was subject to arrest. The text of the above parole reads as follows:

G. W. Golladay of C. S. Army, do hereby give this my parole of Honor, that I will not take up arms against the United States Government until I am regularly exchanged. And that if I am permitted to remain at my home I will conduct myself as a good and peaceable citizen, and will respect the laws in force where I reside, and will do nothing to the detriment of, or in opposition to the United States Government.

George was 86 years old when he applied for a Confederate pension in Texas on 09 May 1930. In correspondence regarding this application, the County Judge of Ellis County noted that George "was in all of the war, knew both (Stonewall) Jackson and (Robert E.) Lee and was in Jackson's command at the time of his death, and probably should have had a pension before now."

He died on 25 December 1932 in the home of his son M. M. Golladay. The cause of death was listed as intestinal toxemia and general debility due to age.

CSA flag   Buried at: Maypearl Cemetery in Maypearl (Ellis County), Texas   CSA flag

This page last updated on April 11, 2011