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Name:Robert Withers Brodnax
Affiliation:Class of 1848
Biography & Genealogy:Robert Withers Brodnax, Class of 1848: Genealogy: Born- Dec. 15, 1827 in Greensville Co. Va. Father- Gen. William Henry Brodnax; Mother- Ann Elizabeth Withers. Pat. Grandfather- William Brodnax; Pat. Grandmother- Mary Walker. Mat. Grandfather- Thomas Withers; Mat. Grandmother- Elizabeth Walker. Married- Austina W. Slaughter. Children- Mary Brodnax. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Nov. 12, 1845; Dismissed Feb. 5, 1847 for excessive demerits. Civil War Record- Enlisted May 17, 1861 at Petersburg, Va. as Private in Co. D, 5th Va. Cavalry; Appointed Captain of Artillery and assigned as ordnance officer to then Col. T. N. Waul's Texas Legion, May 17, 1862; On detatched duty at San Antonio, Richmond, and Gonzales, Texas Jun-Oct. 1862; Absent, sick in Grenada, Miss. Dec. 31, 1862- Feb. 1863; Submitted resignation Feb 26, 1863 for health reasons; Enrolled as conscript at Camp Lee and detailed Feb. 1864; By April 1864, back with Waul as Aide-de-Camp, and won praise for his conduct at Mansfield, Pleasent Hill, and Jenkins's Ferry; Appointed 1st Lieut. and Aide-de-Camp Feb. 7, 1865. Careers: Railroader; tobacconist. Died- Jan. 7, 1900 in Franklin Junction, Va. Buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg, Va.
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