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Abner Camp BeckhamRoster ID 1265
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1863|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Abner Camp Beckham, Class of 1863. Born- 11 September 1843. Matriculated from Brandy Station. At VMI 3 years (entered as 3rd). Military Record: Drillmaster in Richmond during spring 1861. Remained in service although under age. Unassigned but fought with 13th Virginia at First Manassas. Volunteer Aide-de-Camp to Col/Brig Gen (later Maj Gen) J.L. Kemper. Praised by Brig Gen (later Lt Gen) A.P. Hill for conduct at Williamsburg. Wounded in action during Antietam Campaign (he lost his foot) and he was captured. Paroled. Exchanged. With Kemper's Virginia Reserve forces in 1864 as a 2nd Lt. Of him Kemper wrote in February 1863, "his coolness, steadiness and nerve under fire have won for him the admiration of all his comrades. His valor and efficiency upon the field of battle I have never seen surpassed. He is a natural soldier...a young man of extraordinary physical endowments." Post War Career: Lumber Merchant. Died- June 1883 in Texas.|