Robert Samuel Golladay

5th Virginia Infantry
Company E (Augusta Grays)
Stonewall Brigade

Son of Samuel Golladay and Mary Jane Campbell
Husband of Sally Ann Nash


Samuel was not married when he enlisted on 18 April 1861 at Greenville. He was 5' 8" in height with black eyes, dark hair, and dark complexion. He mustered into service on 18 May 1861 at Harper's Ferry.

Samuel was listed as sick in the hospital at Staunton on 26 July 1862 and was still absent at the end of October. His injury is thought to have been from wounds inflicted by Elisha Weeks. Samuel attempted to arrest Elisha as a deserter. Elisha's records state that he "Deserted May 6 at Staunton. Was wounded by R. S. Gollady who attempted to arrest him. Died from the effects of the wound".

Apparently Samuel never returned to the 5th Virginia Infantry. The Muster Roll of 28 February 1863 states he deserted the service of the Confederate States on 16 December 1862.

However, the desertion roll on 31 March 1864 states he was supposed to be serving in Tennessee cavalry.

He did not marry until the war was over.


"Samuel Golladay, age 55, died 17 August 1893 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. His last illness, Great sufferer from rheumatism, and this attacking his heart.

He had for a long time lived alone in a room above his store, and on the night of his demise, in attempting to leave the house was taken with his final seizure just within the gate that leads to the stable of the Forbes Hotel. His cries soon brought assistance and Dr. Julian Abbitt, who happened to be passing, quickly administered the usual remedies but to no avail. Mr. Golladay, in a few minutes, passed away with the faces of his anxious friends around him, and the clear stars of Heaven gleaming above.

Brothers, I. M.[ Isaac M.] Golladay and Si.[Josiah] Golladay and his son, Judson. By their order the remains of the deceased were placed in a casket and conveyed by private conveyance to its final resting place at his home in Nelson County.

Mr Golladay was a man of genial disposition and, so far as we knew, he possessed not an enemy. … He leaves a wife and ten children. During his short residence in our midst he won many friends…”

- from the Appomattox and Buckingham Times, Appomattox Court House, Virginia, Thursday 24 August 1893


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