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John Newton OpieRoster ID 1706
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1864|
|Biography & Genealogy:||John Newton Opie, Class of 1864: Genealogy: Born- March 14, 1844 at Jefferson Co. Va. (now W. Va.) Father- Col. Hierome L. Opie; Mother- Nannie Locke. No information on grandparents. Married- 1st- In 1866 to Bella Harman, daughter of Col. Michael Harman; 2nd- In 1878 to Ida Walton Fletcher, daughter of Rev. P. Fletcher. Children- (From 1st Marriage): 1- Nannie F. Opie; 2- Mrs. Charles K. Robinson (given name unknown) 3- Mrs. Guy F. Sutton (given name unknown); 4- John N. Opie, Jr.; (From 2nd Marriage) 5- Lucie Walton Opie; 6- Hierome L. Opie; 7- Helen Opie; 8- Thomas F. Opie; 8- Mrs. Clarence L. Cook (given name unknown). VMI Record: Entered VMI- Jan. 9, 1862 as a 3rd Classman (Sophomore); Resigned May 27, 1862 at request of his father. Military Record: Enlisted April 17, 1861 at Staunton in Co. L, 5th Va. Infantry; Discharged to enter VMI Dec. 22, 1861; Reenlisted Oct. 1862 in Jefferson Co. as Private in Co. D, 6th Va. Cavalry; Wounded in action Oct. 11, 1863 at Brandy Station; On wounded furlough through at least Oct. 1864; in June 1864 helped organize and elected Captain of ad hoc company to meet U.S. force under Major. General D. Hunter at Piedmont; Transferred to Invalid Corps June 8, 1864; Captured in Clarke Co. on Feb. 6, 1865; Held at Elmira, NY; Exchanged March, 1865; Paroled at Winchester, Va. May 8, 1865. Careers: Lawyer; Public Official; Represented Augusta Co. and Staunton in Va. House of Delegates 1883-84; Received Law Degree from University of Va. in 1885; Represented Augusta Co. and Staunton in Va. Senate 1897-1904; Represented Highland Co. in addition to Augusta and Staunton in 1904. Died- Jan. 26, 1906, in Staunton, Va. Buried at Thornrose Cemetery there.|