Battle of Ninevah???

Apr 17, 2019
My gr. gr. grandfather, John Shannon Carr was in the 17th VA Cavalry. I've found documents at Nat'l Archives that support our family story that he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Ninevah (some say "Luray") on Nov. 12 186? and imprisoned at Pt. Lookout until the end of the war when he was "traded". I can't find any info on a particular battle by either of these names. nor is the entire date of capture legible on the prison roles. Any ideas?

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Welcome from South Florida and the Reenactors Forum. There was a bit of action near Luray Va. and the Luray Valley in the Shenandoah in the Fall of 64 during Sheridan's Valley Campaign so I'd bet that's the missing number. Some of our members are fantastic at digging up records so I'm sure you'll have some help before long.


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John S Carr Pvt. D 17th VA Cavalry
According to carded records from the National Archives, accessed at
Enlisted Oct 14 or 15, 1864 at Mercer Va (also recorded as Princeton) for the war.
Captured Nov 12, 1864 by the 2nd Cavalry Division Dept of W Va at Ninevah, VA
Arrived as POW at Harpers Ferry, WVa Nov 18, 1864
Name appears as a signature to a Roll of Prisoners of War paroled at Point Lookout, Maryland and transferred for exchange. Exchanged from Point Lookout Feb 13, 1865
Recorded as Present Feb 18, 1865 on a Muster Roll of a detachment of paroled and exchanged prisoners at Camp Lee, near Richmond, Va.
Paroled June 14, 1865 at Charleston WVa recorded as: Age 38 Height 6'2" Complexion dark; Eyes dark; Hair black.
No further record.
Apr 1, 2015
Lois- if you are familiar with the Official Records, there is an account of the Nov. 12, 1864 fight at Nineveh by the general who commanded the Union forces there in Vol. 43, part 1 pp. 512-13. There do not appear to be surviving Confederate reports of the action. He notes that he faced, among other units, the 17th VA Cav, and reported inflicting losses of 20 killed, 35 wounded and 161 taken prisoner, one of whom was likely your ancestor.


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From the Official Records Series 1, Volume XLIII, Part1, pages 512 - 513.
November 17, 1864.​
MAJOR: I have the honor to make the following report of the operations of my command on the 12th instant, in an engagement with rebel Major-General Lomax's division, on the Winchester and Front Royal pike, near Nineveh, Va.:​
In compliance with orders from headquarters Cavalry, Middle Military Division, I moved my command at daylight of the 12th from camp at Parkins' Mills, on Winchester and Front Royal pike, moving in the direction of Front Royal, and to the crossing of the road leading from Newtown, Va., to White Post. Before arriving at this point orders reached me from Major-General Torbert (by Captain Martindale) to send one brigade on a reconnaissance toward Cedarville. On my arrival at the cross-roads I sent my First Brigade, commanded by Colonel William B. Tibbits, Twenty-first New York Cavalry, immediately forward on the reconnaissance. Soon after Colonel Tibbits had moved out I again received orders from chief of cavalry (by Captain Reno) to move my whole command to Nineveh, and thence across the country to Middletown. On my arrival at Nineveh, while in the execution of the latter order, I found Colonel Tibbits engaged with the enemy about half a mile south of the village. I moved Second Brigade forward at once to his support, and learned from him that he had driven the enemy back to under cover of his guns. Colonel Tibbits was then falling back, in compliance with my orders to move across to Middletown. While forming my division for a charge the enemy charged my advance. I moved my whole line forward at once with drawn sabers (having the lines well supported on each flank and the center), charged the enemy, broke his lines, and drove him in great confusion beyond Front Royal and pursued him so closely as to prevent the possibility of his rallying or reforming his lines. The close of the day prevented farther pursuit.​
The conduct of the officers and enlisted men throughout the entire command was most gallant-seldom equaled, rarely excelled.​
The enemy's force consisted of the Fourteenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Twenty-first, and Twenty-second Regiments of Virginia​
Cavalry, Sixty-second Regiment Mounted Infantry, and Lurty's battery-two guns. My command was composed of Eighth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Fourteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and Twenty-first New York Cavalry, commanded by Colonel William B. Tibbits (First Brigade), and the First Virginia Cavalry, Third Virginia Cavalry, and First New York Cavalry (Second Brigade), commanded by Colonel H. Capehart, First Virginia Cavalry.​
The enemy's loss was 20 killed 35 wounded and 161 prisoners, including 19 commissioned officers (prisoners), from the grade of lieutenant-colonel down. Among the enemy's killed was Colonel Radford, of the Twenty-second Virginia Cavalry, a major on General Early's staff, and a captain on McCausland's staff. I captured of the enemy 2 pieces artillery (all he had), 2 caissons, 2 wagons and 1 ambulance, and 50 horses, and 2 battle-flags. I was obliged to destroy, for want of means to bring from the field, one of the caissons, one wagon loaded with ammunition, and the ambulance. The enemy had strewn the ground with small-arms in his flight; these were broken up as far as practicable.​
The prisoners reported that General McCausland was slightly wounded, and escaped by taking to the woods. My own loss was 1 commissioned officer and 1 enlisted man killed and 15 enlisted men wounded. Among the killed was Captain R. G. Prendergast, acting provost-marshal on my staff. I brought the wounded of my command and most of the enemy's wounded off the field, and returning reached camp at Parkins' Mills at 9.30 p.m. same day.​
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,​
Assistant Adjutant-General.]​

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