Porterfield Family Genealogy Forum
Anyone know the parents of the following George A. Porterfield? Could the parents be Alexander Porterfield 1793-1860 and Susannah Williams 1803-1876?
Colonel George A. Porterfield arrived in Grafton by train from Harpers Ferry on May 14, 1961. He was ordered by General Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Provisional Army of Virginia, to recruit troops for the Northwestern counties of Virginia. He had no success in Grafton but at Pruntytown, he found a number of companies being organized. He was told that recruiting had been in progress in Philippi since April where a company of men called the "Barbour Grays" had been organized. Thomas A. Brandford, a Philippi attorney was busy raising a company of Barbour Grays. These companies were almost totally without proper equipment. Their weapons were whatever they had brought from home. No tents, no food supplies, and above all, no training. Col. Porterfield, who was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, and a veteran of the Mexican War, reported to Lee that "the men couldn't even keep in step and the ones drilling the men were even more ignorant than the men." On June 3, 1861 the two companies of Barbour Grays were part of Col. Porterfield's command that relocated to the South. At some point in time, after the retreat from Camp Laurel, the Barbour Grays became part of the 31st Virginia regiment as company H. The name Barbour Grays disappeared from the formal records as did other names of the units.
Notify Administrator about this message?