Andrew Davidson Long
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Andrew Davidson Long
Andrew Davidson Long
Buried in the Ladonia Cemetery
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Andrew Davidson Long also called honest Andy, was born in the family farm house a mile and a half from the Old Stone Church [Fort Defiance] eleven miles south of Stauton, VA. He was seventeen when he joined Co. A 5th VA. Regt. [Stonewall Brigade] later known as Jacksons Foot Cavalry and had lengthy battle experience that included McDowell, Franklin, Bridgewater, Harrisonburg, Front Royal, Winchester, Boliver Heights,Cross Keys, Maryland Heights, North and South Rivers, Port Republic, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Mine Run, and his last, Spotsylvania, where he was wounded and captured, spending the rest of the war in a Federal prisoner in Elmira, N.Y.Two of his three brothers, Frank and Henry were also in the 5th, and were killed during the war. As a prisoner, he told a grim acount of life in prison where bed bugs were thicker than flies and sucked your blood all night . Starvation, scurvy,and diarrhea,was a common occurence. After the war, he married Alice Medora McCown and left the war ravaged Shenandoah Valley penniless,and made his way to Texas where they raised their family. Rebuilding after the war was done by sweat and long hours, not government gifts. For years after the war he would be so very hungry but when sat down to eat, his stomach would only hold a little food , after effects from starving. Andy lived a long life and died March 27, 1930. He was the last known member of the Stonewall Brigade.

Andrew and Alice Long's children:

Anna Willnora Long who married George Winslow Eagleton Charlie Long lived on the farm until his health became poor. Alice Irene Long who married J. Frank Eddins Walter Ewing Long graduated Austin College & Law School of the University of Texas. Davie Marie Long graduated Austin College was a teacher

Biography by L.H.P.S.
Photos by Debby Crofford

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