FICKLIN, JOSEPH EDWARD (1840-1925) Joseph Ficklin, misspelled Figklin on his tombstone, was born in Culpepper County, Virginia in 1840. The occurrences of his early life are not known until he enlists in the 4th Virginia Cavalry Company D on April 1, 1862 at Oak Shade.
In May of 1862 the 4th was engaged at the Battle of Williamsburg and later captured Manassas Junction at the close of August. In December of 1862, Ficklin was transferred to the 51st Virginia Infantry and promoted to Captain. The 51st was involved in many battles including leading the charge at New Market, the Knoxville Campaign, Cold Harbor and Early's raid on Washington. However, it is not known how many of these battles Ficklin participated in, though he was present. Ficklin was promoted to Major in the summer of 1863 where he was assigned the duty of commissary. Ficklin served in this capacity until his regiment was disbanded April 29, 1865.
After the war, in 1880, Ficklin moved to Texas where he worked as a truck farmer. He lived in Corpus Christi, and later moved to San Antonio. Ficklin was admitted to the Confederate Home on December 31, 1910 where he lived for 10 years before applying for pension. Ficklin died September 24, 1925. He is survived by his son George E. Ficklin.
Information taken from: 4th Virginia Cavalry at http://www.n-ssa.org/TIDEWATER/4VA/4thVA.html, the 51st Virginia Infantry at http://51stvirginiainfantry.tripod.com/csa/index.html, Texas Pension Application, Confederate Home Roster and the Compiled Military Service Records