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Name:Frederick Samuel Bass
Affiliation:Class of 1851
Biography & Genealogy:Frederick Samuel (some records say his middle name was Smith)Bass, Class of 1851. Genealogy: Born- Oct. 27, 1831, near Stony Mt., Brunswick Co. Va. Father- Benjamin S. Bass; Mother- Sarah Petway. Pat. Grandfather- Edward Bass; Pat. Grandmother- Elizabeth Smith. Mat. Grandfather- Edward Petway; Mat. Grandmother- Sarah Petway. Married- Mary Ezell; one son- Robert Ezell Bass, died before the age of five. Entered VMI- July 31, 1848; Graduated July 4, 1851 standing 3rd in a class of 29. Military Record: Enlisted in New Orleans in 1861 and elected Captain of Co. E, 1st Texas Infantry; out sick in Richmond, Va. Aug-Sept. 1862; Promoted to Major Sept. 17, 1862; Wounded in Action (in left leg by a shell) on Dec. 1, 1863; promoted to Lt. Col. Jan 5, 1864; In hospital in Richmond, Va. Mar- April, 1864; slightly wounded in action at Darbytown Oct. 7, 1864; Promoted to Colonel Oct. 27, 1864; Often commanded Hood's Texas Brigade during the winter of 1864-65; Paroled at Appomattox. Unofficial source claims he was promoted to Brig. General late in the War, but that the commission was not delivered until US War Dept. officials found it amongst captured Confederate records and sent it to him in June of 1897. Careers: Educator. Cadet Acting Assistant Professor of Latin 1850-51 while at VMI; Teacher after the War; President of Marshall University and Jefferson College in Texas. Died- Sept. 09, 1897, at the Soldier's Home in Austin, Texas. Buried in Austin, Texas.
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