Samuel C. Golladay

35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry
Company E (Capt. John Henry Grabill's Co.)

Son of Isaac Golladay and Elizabeth Clem
Husband of (1) Lydia McInturff and (2) Caroline Neeb

Samuel was described as 5'8" in height with fair complexion, light hair, and blue eyes. He was not married when he enlisted on 30 July 1862. The 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry was in Jones' Brigade of J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry.

Samuel was captured near Lovettsville, Virginia on 21 October 1862. A report written by Major General George B. McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac, describes the incident when Samuel was captured:


October 21, 1862—6 p. m.

The expedition which started last night after the rebel foraging party near Lovettsville, is just heard from. We captured 28 prisoners, with their horses and arms, including a captain; killed, 10. Our loss was 1 man killed and 3 or 4 slightly wounded. This was done by a detachment of Devin’s cavalry, under Colonel Devin.

Official Records, Series 1 - Vol. 19, Part II, page 98

Samuel was quickly released from Fort McHenry on 25 October 1862 and sent to Aikens Landing, Virginia in a prisoner exchange.

Samuel wrote the following letter after the cavalry battle at Barbee's Crossroads:

1863 letter from camp in Loudoun County, Virginia

John was promoted from 2nd Corporal to 4th Sergeant on 29 February 1864. With the arrival of spring of 1864, the season of heavy fighting was nearing. However, Samuel's thoughts were focused on his sweetheart Lydia and his desire to marry her:

1864 letter from camp in Augusta County, Virginia

Samuel was shown as present with his unit on 31 August 1864. In January of 1865, Company E was allowed to make winter camp in Powell's Fort Valley. This stay allowed Samuel to marry Lydia McInturff that same month during the war

After the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, he was paroled on 20 April 1865 at New Market, Virginia.

After the war, Samuel was employed as a miller. In October of 1866, he was excused from militia duty on account of his occupation

Lydia died on 12 September 1882 and Samuel later remarried.

Early in February, 1913, Samuel C. Golladay, a veteran of the great war, dropped dead of apoplexy(1) in front of the post office in Woodstock, Va. During the war Comrade Golladay was a member of Company E, White's Battalion, and was a gallant soldier. He was the first man to respond to the call of "Rally!" in the battle of Brandy Station, and in a few minutes the entire battalion rallied with him. He had been a member of the Lutheran Church for a number of years. He is survived by his widow, who was Miss Carrie Neeb, and four sons, Thomas of Washington, Ernest, Curtis, and W. L. of Woodstock.

- from "Confederate Veteran, volume 21, page 239"

(1) Apoplexy is an old term used to describe a stroke.

Grave of Samuel C. Golladay

CSA flag   Buried at: Massanutten Cemetery in Woodstock (Shenandoah County), Virginia   CSA flag

Grave location tip: Look for the Confederate monument with the circle of graves. Samuel 's grave is not in the circle of the 70 soldiers graves, but it is just south of the monument.

This page last updated on April 12, 2011