The 64th VA Mounted Infantry was organized on December 14, 1862 by consolidating the 21st and 29th Battalions of the VA Infantry. The regiment was re-organized in 1863 and changed to the 64th VA Cavalry. Co. A was led by Capt. Joshua Hobbs. Co. B was led by Capt. William Bowles; Co. C by Capt. William Webb; Co. D by Capt. Lexington Day; Co. E by Capt. Harvey Gray; Co. F by Capt. S. Ratliff; Co. G by Capt. William Wynn; Co. H by Capt. Ira Creech; Co. I by Capt. William Collier; Co. K by Capt. George Tyler.
The 64th VA Mounted Infantry/Cavalry was involved in the following engagements:
Cumberland Gap, TN
Mulberry Gap, TN
William Henderson Nickels, Jr.
Co. C, 64th VA Mounted Infantry
William Henderson Nickels, Jr., son of William Henderson, Sr. and Rebecca (Evans) Nickels, was born March 27, 1832 in Nickelsville, Scott Co., VA. He died March 15, 1916 in Duffield, Scott Co., VA. William was a merchant before and after the war. William enlisted as a Confederate soldier with Co. C of the 64th VA Mounted Infantry on February 19, 1863 in Washington Co., VA. He was promoted to Commissary Sergent before August 31, 1863.
William married first Elizabeth Duff. He married second Sarah Lawson. William and Elizabeth had seven children: Samuel Tipton Nickels, William Barlow Nickels, Martha "Mattie" Nickels, Nancy Elizabeth "Nannie" Nickels Parrish, Margaret Louise Nickels Horsley, Alice Nickels, and Patrick Nickels. William and Sarah had one child: John Thomas Nickels.
George Washington Nickels, Sr.
Co. C, 64th VA Mounted Infantry
George Washington Nickels, Sr., son of James, Sr. and Serena (Jaynes) Nickels, was born February 1850 in Scott Co., VA. He died in Dungannnon, Scott Co., VA. George enlisted as a Confederate soldier with Co. C in the 64th VA Mounted Infantry in 1861. He served four years and is included on the 1920 Scott Co., VA pension list.
George married first Delilah "Lila" Stapleton on May 12, 1869 in Scott Co., VA. He married second Canzadia "Ada" Swain in 1905 in Scott Co., VA. He married third Mary Hammonds in 1919. George and Lila had four children: D.F.L. "Lewis" Nickels, Elizabeth Nickels Smith, James Nickels, and Virginia Nickels Steffey. George and Ada had six children: George Washington Nickels, Jr., Ella Nickels Nelms, Serena "Reney" Nickels Gibson, Elsie Nickels Gibson, Oscar Nickels, and Dolly Nickels.
John W. Renfro
Co. E, 64th VA Mounted Infantry
John W. Renfro, son of John and Lurana (Crisson) Renfro, was born about 1843 in Yancy Co., NC. He enlisted as a Confederate soldier in Co. E of the 64th VA Mounted Infantry on April 6, 1862 at Moccasin Gap in Scott Co., VA.
John married Lucinda C. Nickels on August 22, 1864 in Scott Co., VA. Lucinda was the daughter of James, Sr. and Serena (Jaynes) Nickels. John and Lucinda had nine children: James A. Renfro, Serena Renfro Flanary, Nathan Renfro, Lucinda R. "Lou" Renfro Nickels, Lillie Renfro, Mandy Renfro, Hugh J. Renfro, Nancy D. Renfro, and John W. Renfro.
Other Service Records
The Nickelsville Spartan Band
The Nickelsville Spartan Band was formed July 13, 1861 and were mustered into the Virginia Army of Volunteers the same day. They became Company H of the 48th Regiment of Virginia Volunteers. Company H became part of Gen. Stonewall Jackson's army and fought in several engagements. Company H was then placed in Company E of the 48th Virginia Regiment. Only one of the original 76 members remained at the end of the war. Some died, others were wounded or otherwise unable to complete their committment.
John Wesley Steffey
Nickelsville Spartan Band
John Wesley Steffey, son of John and Mary Steffey, was born about 1843 in Smyth Co., VA. He died in 1887 in Scott Co., VA. He served with the Nickelsville Spartan Band during the Civil War.
John married Hannah Elizabeth Nickels on May 2, 1866 in Scott Co., VA. Hannah was the daughter of James, Sr. and Serena (Jaynes) Nickels. John and Hannah had eleven children: Elizabeth Ellen Steffey Joyce, John B. Floyd Steffey, Susan Steffey Joyce, Martha Steffey Lamb, William Steffey, Samuel L. Steffey, Sally Steffey Afton, George Wesley Steffey, Hattie Steffey Parsons McCoy, Addie Steffey Kendrick, and James Steffey.
Isaac Alderson Nickels
37th VA Infantry
Isaac Alderson Nickels, son of Walter H. and Jane (Kilgore) Nickels was born about 1836 in Nickelsville, Scott Co., VA. He died in 1893 in Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN. He served with the 37th VA Infantry during the Civil War. Isaac purchased the Exchange Hotel in Bristol, TN on February 12, 1864 for $20,000 in Confederate notes. He later renamed it the Nickels House.
Isaac married Elizabeth E. Wood on February 21, 1865. Isaac and Elizabeth had two children: Blanche Nickels Fauqua and Myrtle Nickels Gordon.
Stephen J. Nickels
37th VA Infantry
Photo courtesy of Chris Gray
Stephen J. Nickels, son of James, Jr. and Fannie (Godsey) Nickels, was born October 14, 1839 in Nickelsville, Scott Co., VA. He died December 27, 1912 in Wood near Dungannon, Scott Co., VA. He served with the 37th VA Infantry during the Civil War.
Stephen married Lucy Ann Gray in July 1867. Stephen and Lucy had seven children: Flora Elizabeth Nickels Hobbs, Joseph T. Nickels, Laura Emogene Nickels Ramey, William Harvey Nickels, Lulia Nickels, Belle Nickels, and Earl Bays Nickels.
William Washington "Barlow" Nickels
25th VA Infantry
William Washington "Barlow" Nickels, son of Walter H. and Jane (Kilgore) Nickels, was born January 28, 1838 in Nickelsville, Scott Co., VA. He died September 12, 1909 in Gate City, Scott Co., VA. He was a merchant by trade. He served with the 25th VA Infantry during the Civil War.
Barlow married Sarah Elizabeth Richmond on October 23, 1860 in Scott Co., VA. Barlow and Sarah had four children: Robert Henderson Nickels, Patrick Henry Nickels, George Emmett Nickels, and Isaac Benton Nickels.
James Godsey "Red Jim" Nickels
34th Battalion VA Cavalry
James Godsey "Red Jim" Nickels, son of James, Jr. and Fannie (Godsey) Nickels, was born February 1828 in Nickelsville, Scott Co., VA. He died in 1928 in Grundy, Buchanan Co., VA. Jim was a Justice of the Peace for Buchanan Co., VA. He served with the 34th Battalion VA Cavalry during the Civil War.
Jim married Nancy Vance. Jim and Nancy had nine children: Elijah Nickels, John W. Nickels, Walter Nickels, James Nickels, Napoleon Bonaparte "Bone" Nickels, Jefferson D. Nickels, Benjamin Nickels, Rush Floyd Nickels, and Frances Virginia Nickels Ratliff.
8th VA Cavalry
Morgan Nickels, son of Mathias and Mary (Robinson) Nickels, was born about 1844 in Smyth Co., VA. He served with the 8th VA Cavalry during the Civil War. Morgan ran an iron furnace in Smyth Co.
Morgan married Mary Ann. Morgan and Mary Ann had one known child: William Nickels.
88th Battalion VA Militia
Mathias Nickels, son of James, Sr. and Jane (Matney) Nickels, was born December 1, 1820 in Scott Co., VA. He died July 29, 1905 in Wise Co., VA. He served with the 88th Battalion VA Militia during the Civil War.
Mathias married Louisa D. Harmon on August 6, 1846 in Scott Co., VA. Mathias and Louisa had two children: William W. Nickels and James E. Nickels.
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