The Families of Adam Keith

In the Civil War

The Stories

 

Five sons, five soldiers

Just before noon on September 22nd, the 2nd WV cavalry, along with several other cavalry units, were ordered forward to assist Union infantry units at a small collection of homes and a mill at Fisher's Hill, Virginia about a mile west of Strasburg.  During this fighting Nathan Newton was seriously wounded.  He was taken to Winchester, Virgina and died there four days later on September 26th, 1864.  At a later date his body was removed to Coal Run in Washington Co. OH and laid to rest there in Round Bottom Cemetery; "the other was left on the battlefield."

 

John Newton

 

Enlisted as a Private on 27 October 1862 at the age of 26. Enlisted in Company B, 9th Cavalry Regiment Ohio on 17 January 1863. Mustered out Company B, 9th Cavalry Regiment Ohio on 20 July 1865 in Lexington, NC.

 

William Newton

 

Enlisted as a Corporal on 23 April 1861 at the age of 23. Enlisted in Company K, 18th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 23 Apr 1861. Mustered Out Company K, 18th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 28 Aug 1861 at Columbus, OH.

 

Enlisted as a Private on 17 September 1862. Enlisted in Company C, 63rd Infantry Regiment Ohio on 17 Sep 1862. Mustered Out Company C, 63rd Infantry Regiment Ohio on 8 Jul 1865 at Louisville, KY.

 

Nathan Newton

 

Enlisted as a Corporal on 23 April 1861 at the age of 22. Enlisted in  Company K, 18th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 23 April 1861. Mustered out  Company K, 18th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 28 August 1861 in Columbus, OH.

 

Enlisted in Company F, 2nd Cavalry Regiment West Virginia.  Enlisted as a Sergeant. Died Company F, 2nd Cavalry Regiment West Virginia, 9/26/1864, Brown’s Gap, Winchester VA.

 

Samuel Newton

 

Enlisted as a Private on 23 April 1861 at the age of 28 ?. Enlisted in Company K, 18th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 23 April 1861. Mustered out Company K, 18th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 28 August 1861 in Columbus, OH.

 

Enlisted as a Private on 29 July 1861 at the age of 22. Enlisted in Company A, 36th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 27 August 1861. Mustered out Company A, 36th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 27 July 1865 in Wheeling, WV.

 

Joseph Newton

 

Enlisted as a Private on 08 December 1861 at the age of 19 ?. Enlisted in  Company D, 63rd Infantry Regiment Ohio on 08 December 1861. Mustered out  Company D, 63rd Infantry Regiment Ohio on 08 July 1865 in Louisville, KY  Note: Joseph was 15 years old when he enlisted.  He would not have turned 16 until 5/11/1862.

Individual Report for Alexander S. Newton

 

Anc: Adam Keith1>Balthasar Keith2>Peter Keith3>Catherine [Keith] [m. Nathan] Newton4>Alexander S. Newton5

Birth Date: 9 Jan 1815 Place: Center Township, Morgan Co. OH

Death Date: 19 Mar 1888 Place: Washington Co. OH

Burial Place: Round Bottom Cemetery, Coal Run, Waterford Twp., Washington Co. OH

Father: Nathan Newton (1791-1872)

Mother: Catherine Keith (Cir 1795-1876)

Spouse: *Jane Beach (28 Jul 1816 - 23 Jan 1908)

Marr. Date: 28 Jan 1836 Place: Waterford Township, Washington Co. OH

 

Children:

1 John Beach Newton (1836-1897)

2 William A. Newton (1838-1901)

3 Catherine Newton (1840-1903)

4 Nathan Newton (1841-1864)

5 Samuel Beach Newton (1843-Aft 1910)

6 Joseph Devereaux Beach Newton (1846-1925)

7 Julia E. Newton (1851-1935)

8 Lucy A. Newton (1851-1926)

9 Amy J. Newton (1853-1940)

Alexander Newton and Jane Beach Newton had five sons; John B, William A., Nathan, Samuel B. and Joseph D. B., all five Civil War soldiers.  A quote from Jane Beach Newton's obituary told most of the story; "After the war closed four sons came home, the other was left on the battlefield."

 

Nathan Newton was a twenty-three year old Sergeant of Co. F of the 2nd West Virginia Cavalry was a mile and a half west of the quiet hamlet of Strasburg, Virginia on September 21, 1864. Strasburg "lies hard" on the north fork of the Shenandoah River in the picturesque Shenadoah Valley about eight miles south of Winchester.  The quiet hamlet was about to become abundantly alive on the morning of September 21st with a Union army of about 29,500 soldiers under the leadership of Gen. Phillip Sheridan chasing about 9,500 Confederate troops under the direction of Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early. Just two days earlier Gen. Sheridan had decisively won a battle near Winchester and these two armies were about to again clash in one of the last of a series of "skirmishes" conducted by Gen. Sheridan to drive the Confederate Army south and altogether out of the Shenandoah Valley.