John Newton Hite

5th Virginia Infantry
Company D (Southern Guard)
Stonewall Brigade
Private

Husband of Elizabeth Francis Golladay


John was not married when he enlisted on 21 March 1862 at Meems Bottom.

He was wounded in action on 28 August 1862 at the Second Battle of Bull Run (called the Battle of Second Manassas by the Union). John returned to duty in April of 1863.

He was wounded in action 03 May 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville. He was sent to the Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond from October to November of 1863 because of remittent fever.

John was captured along with most of the Stonewall Brigade at the Battle of Spotsylvania on 12 May 1864. He was initially sent to the Union prison camp at Point Lookout, Maryland.

He was transferred to the Elmira prison camp in the summer of 1864. Initially he was encouraged by the change of prisons, as he wrote on 07 July 1864 that "we camp here yesterday we are all highly pleased with our exchange of prisons and I think we will get along very well".* He likely changed his mind about this prison when the harsh New York winter arrived. The death rate at the Elmira prison was 24 percent, which was comparable to the death rate at the Confederate prison at Andersonville.

- Letter from John N. Hite in Elmira prison to an unknown person, dated 07 July 1864

He was released in a prisoner exchange on 20 February 1865.

John was paroled on 16 May 1865 at Staunton, Virginia.

John married Elizabeth (Lizzie) F. Golladay on 30 November 1865. He was living at Parnassus (Augusta County) in 1893. John was 73 year old when he died at Moffett's Creek on 18 May 1911.

CSA flag   Buried at: Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church Cemetery (Augusta County), Virginia   CSA flag


This page last updated on August 15, 2008