Monday, April 16, 2012

Philip Lockett, student 1859-1861

Philip Lockett (variantly spelled Phillip), enlisted as a private in Co. F of the 14th VA Infantry on May 12, 1861, along with many of his fellow students. On August 1, 1862, he transferred to Co. G of the 14th VA Infantry. He was taken prisoner of war on July 3, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg and sent to Baltimore, MD to Fort McHenry and then sent to Fort Delaware on July 7, 1863. Lockett was exchanged on August 1, 1863. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on April 6, 1864. He was wounded in the neck and shoulder on June 19, 1864 at Bermuda Hundred, VA.  Lockett surrendered at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

Lockett was postmaster of Lombardy Grove in Mecklenburg County, VA in 1874 and in 1880 he was practicing law in Mecklenburg County.  By the late 1880s, he was practicing law in Roanoke, VA and had married.

Lockett's sister, Myrta Lockett Avary, dedicated her 1906 book "Dixie After the War" to her brother Philip Lockett: To THE MEMORY OF MY BROTHER, PHILIP LOCKETT, (First Lieutenant, Company G, 14th Virginia Infantry, Armistead's Brigade, Pickett's Division, C. S. A.) Entering the Confederate Army, when hardly more than a lad, he followed General Robert E. Lee for four years, surrendering at Appomattox. He was in Pickett's immortal charge at Gettysburg, and with Armistead when Armistead fell on Cemetery Hill.

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