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Name:Edward Trent Bridges
Affiliation:Class of 1849
Biography & Genealogy:Edward Trent Bridges (1849) Edward Trent Bridges, Class of 1849: Genealogy: Born August 18, 1831 in Manchester, Virginia. Father-James Robertson Bridges; Mother-Nancy Elizabeth Trent Callaway; Paternal Grandfather-James Bridges, born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland; Paternal Grandmother-Catherine Condie, born in Scotland. Maternal Grandfather-William Callaway; Maternal Grandmother-Nancy Crump; Married-Sally Pope Claytor, daughter of Harvey Claytor and Adeline Walker Claytor of Franklin County, Virginia on May 30, 1853. She died March 18, 1901. Children; 1-James Harvey Bridges, born Aug 21, 1855, married Lillie Naomi Sloan. 2-Edward Trent Bridges, Jr. born May 12, 1860, married Mary Lilly. 3-Mary Condie Bridges, born April 15, 1866, married Lewis A. Pine. 4-Robert Early Bridges, born Nov 9, 1868, married Melissa Phillips. 5-George Walker Bridges, born May 1, 1873, married Cynthia Gwinn. 6-William Callaway Bridges, born April 8, 1876, married Della Forren. There were eleven children in all but five did not survive childhood and their names are not known. VMI record: Entered VMI-August 2, 1847 as a 2nd Classman (Junior); Graduated July 4, 1849 standing 16 in a class of 24. He also attended the University of Virginia 1851-52. Civil War Record-Organized the "Franklin Fire Eaters" and was elected Captain June 21,1861: unit became part of Major E. F. Keen's Va. Battalion, then became Co. "C" of the 57th Va. Infantry; Arrested late 1861 for an incident involving the regimental Quarter Master, resigned from unit April 29, 1862; Elected 1st Lt Co. "A" of 37th Va. Cavalry Battalion August 1, 1862; Elected Captain of Co. "G" February 6,1863; Captured at Smithfield August 29, 1863 and held at Fort McHenry, MD and later at Fort Delaware. DE; Released on oath June 17, 1865. Careers-Farmer, medical doctor practicing in Franklin County, VA before and after the war, moved to Mercer County, WV in 1881 and practiced medicine there until his death. Died-June 7, 1889 in Pine Grove, WV of Bright's Disease. He is buried on the property of Capt J. K. Lilly on Big Island Creek in Mercer County, WV.
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