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Moses Greer Webb

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Posted: Date Monday, June 25th 2007, 1:37 PM Icon 8432 Date 0

1843 - 1919
Co. B, 24th Virginia Infantry

In 1839, a wagon train left Franklin County for the Missouri territory. Among the more than 100 adventurous immigrants were the Greer and Webb families. The trip was basically uneventful and the majority of the wagon train arrived safely in Missouri. Born there about 1843, Moses Greer Webb was one of six children born to Robert and Katherine (Greer) Webb. His siblings were: Susan H.; Ann E.; Sally; Jacob W.; and Boulivar S. Robert and Katherine moved their family back to Franklin County in the fall of 1845 and lived near Rocky Mount.

On 23 May 1861, Moses and his brother, Jacob enlisted in Company B, 24th Virginia Infantry in Lynchburg. Moses would enlist in Gogginsville on 17 March 1862.

Benjamin was captured at Hatcher's Run on 2 April 1865 and was released from Point Lookout on 22 June 1865. Jacob was captured at Williamsburg but was exchanged in May 1862. He returned to the war and was wounded at Second Manassas where he was promoted to 3rd Sergeant. Theodore was wounded at Gettysburg and sent to Ft. Delaware on 23 June 1864. Moses was captured at Williamsburg and paroled and exchange. Boulivar, Jacob, John and Moses later transferred to the cavalry.

Co. B of the 24th Va. Infantry was organized by Franklin County native, Captain Joseph Adam Hambrick on 28 April 1861. Known as the "Franklin Rifles" they left by rail for Lynchburg and on 23 May 1861 they were mustered into service. Comprised of ten companies, and under the command of Colonels Jubal A. Early and William R. Terry, the 24th Infantry was engaged in the battles of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Frayser's Farm and Gettysburg. By the end of 1864, 202 men had died of disease, 145 had deserted, 106 had been killed in action and another 325 were listed as POW.

After being captured at Williamsburg, Moses and Jacob were paroled and exchanged. They would both transfer to the 37th Cavalry where they would remain for the duration of the war. Ironically, all of the Webb brothers returned to their home in Franklin County after the war. Jacob would become a dentist and the other three brothers would farm land in Franklin County. Their sisters would never marry and continued to live in the homeplace until their deaths.

Moses, his brothers Boulivar and Jacob were married in 1872. Moses married in Franklin County on 8 October 1872 to Ava Rhoda Moore and they made their home next door to Boulivar and Sallie Webb in the Blackwater District of Franklin County. Ava was the daughter of Henry and Sarah Fannie (Noell) Moore. They had six children: Frances Katherine; Julia Estelle; Jacob Henry; Charles Robert; Ava Etta and Mary Susan. Ava died of malaria in 1885 and Moses married Patty Boatwright. Patsy died in the flu epidemic of 1918. Moses died in 1919 and is buried at Bridgewater College. He is the great grandfather of member Barbara "Ditty" Speed.

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