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Name:Abram Fulkerson
Affiliation:Class of 1857
Biography & Genealogy:Abram Fulkerson, Class of 1857: Genealogy: Born- May 13, 1834, in Washington Co., Va. Father- Abram Fulkerson; Mother- Margaret Vance. Pat. Grandfather- James Fulkerson; Mat. Grandfather- Samuel Vance. Grandmothers- unknown. Married- Selina Johnson; 1st child- Samuel V. Fulkerson; 2nd- Mrs. B.F. Hurt; 3rd- Mrs. Harriet Armstrong; 6 others. Matriculated to VMI from Abingdon, VA. At VMI 4 1/2 years after repeating his Fourth Class (freshman) year. Pre War Record: cadet prankster who wore an outlandish collar (only uniform article not covered by regulations) to Professor (later Lieutenant General) T.J. Jackson's class; taught in Palmyra; moved to Rogersville, Tennessee in 1861; admitted to bar. Military Record: Helped raise and elected Captain of Company K, 19th Tennessee with which he entered service on May 22, 1861 at Knoxville, Tennessee; elected Major on June 11, 1861; severely Wounded in Action (thigh) at Shiloh; not reelected and dropped on May 14, 1862; upon recovery he helped raise 63d Tennessee; elected Lieutenant Colonel on July 30, 1862; severely Wounded in Action (arm) on September 20, 1863 at Chickamauga; promoted to Colonel on Feb. 12, 1864 (date of rank Nov. 9, 1863); absent wounded until early 1864; captured June 17, 1864 at Petersburg, VA; held at Fort Delaware, Delaware; sent to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on August 20, 1864 with the "Immortal 600;" at Fort Pulaski, Georgia; returned to Fort Delaware on March 12, 1865; released on oath July 25, 1865. Post War Career: represented Washington County in Virginia House of Delegates 1871-75, 1885-87; represented Washington and Smith counties in Virginia Senate 1877-1880; represented Virginia's 9th District in US House of Representatives 1881-83; commissioner to mark troop positions at Chickamauga Battlefield in 1893; Democrat (but allied with "Readjusters") and a "goldbug" delegate to party's 1896 convention; paralyzed by stroke on March 6, 1900. Died- December 17, 1902 in Bristol, VA; buried in East Hill Cemetery there.
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Additional Online Resources:Fulkerson Family Papers