Maj. Virgil H. Moats


Maj. Virgil Moats
Co. F, 48th OVI

Virgil H. Moats was born on 5 May, 1827 in Licking County, Ohio. His ancestry was German, and his grandmother was a distant relative of Gen. Andrew Jackson. His father, William Virgil Moats (1799-1881) and his mother, Mary S. Moats, had six children, of whom Virgil was the eldest. Virgil's brothers and sisters were Homer (who also served in Company F, 48th OVI, and died early in the war), Edwin Bruce, William Wallace, Lydia S. Moats Medrick, and Harriet. Virgil first married Sarah McKinney at Newark, Ohio and they settled in Defiance County where they had two children: Franklin Wallace and Rowena, the latter dying as an infant. Virgil's first wife died in 1854 and he remarried the following year to Eliza Richardson. Eliza's cousin, John, served as a Sergeant with Virgil in Company F. With Eliza, Virgil had three more children, William Henry, Douglas, and Charles V.

Virgil worked as a school teacher for a brief period, after which he tended a farm in Delaware Township in Defiance County. While there he became Justice of the Peace and County Sheriff for a time. He served briefly during the Mexican War as a corporal in the cavalry. When the Civil War broke out Virgil enlisted on October 13, 1861 and became a 2nd Lieutenant and, very soon thereafter, Captain. He was promoted to Major in April 1863.

Wounded during the May 22, 1863 assault on the works of Vicksburg, Virgil died of his wounds in Cinncinnati two months later on July 11, 1863. He is buried in Sherwood, Ohio.




Biography of Maj. Virgil H. Moats
At the William L. Clements Library, U. Mich


Eliza Richardson Moats


Grave of Maj. Moats
Sherwood, Ohio
(Photo by Mark J. Moats, Bowling Green, Ohio)


Grave of Homer W. Moats
Sherwood, Ohio
(Photo by Mark J. Moats, Bowling Green, Ohio)



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