Virginia Division Headquarters Camp #530
Virginia Division Headquarters Camp for members who live too far away from a local Virginia Camp or who just prefer to be a member without needing to attend camp meetings.
Alexander L. Hensley
Enlist as a private with the Patrick Henry Volunteers on May 22, 1861 at Spoon Creek in Patrick County, Virginia. The Patrick Henry Volunteers were assigned to the 42nd Virginia Regiment Infantry as Company "H". The regiment was organized in Staunton, Virginian in July from ten companies drawn from seven counties in the south central and southwestern portions of the State of Virginia.
Company A - Henry Volunteers. Henry County. Enlisted June 15, 1861 at Lynchburg, Campbell County.
Company B - Floyd Guards. Enlisted May 25, 1861 at Floyd Court House, Floyd County. Assigned to regiment on June 15, 1861.
Company C - Buford Grays. Enlisted May 18, 1861 at Lisbon, Bedford County. Assigned to regiment on June 22, 1861
Company D - Campbell-Lee Guards. Enlisted May 31, 1861 at Yellow Branch, Campbell County. Assigned to regiment on June 27, 1861
Company E - Dixie Grays. Enlisted June 4, 1861 at Salem, Roanoke County. Assigned to regiment July 1, 1861.
Company F - Leatherwood Fencibles. Enlisted June 22, 1861 at Martinsville, Henry County.
Company G - Second Company of Volunteers from Henry County. Enlisted July 3, 1861 at Lynchburg, Campbell County.
Company H - Patrick Henry Volunteers. Enlisted May 22, 1861 at Spoon Creek, Patrick County. Assigned to regiment on July 5, 1861.
Company I - Campbell Guards. Campbell County. Enlisted July 11, 1861 at Lynchburg, Campbell County.
Company K - Franklin Invincibles. Enlisted June 17, 1861 at Rocky Mount, Franklin County.
The regiment field officers were Colonels Jesse S. Burks, Andrew J. Deyerle, John E. Penn, and R. W. Withers; Lieutenant Colonels Daniel A. Langhorne, William Martin, and Samuel H. Saunders; and Majors P. B. Adams, Henry Lane, and Jesse M. Richardson.
After fighting at First Kernstown and in Jackson's Valley Campaign, Hensley unit was assigned to J. R. Jone's and W. Terry's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It was active in many conflicts from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, then moved with General Early to the Shenandoah Valley and was involved in the Appomattox operations. This regiment reported 70 casualties at First Kernstown and totaled 750 effectives in May, 1862. It sustained no losses during the Seven Days' Battles but had many at Cedar Mountain. There were 62 disabled at Second Manassas, 26 at Fredricksburg, and 135 at Chancellorville. Of the 265 engaged at Gettysburg, twenty-one percent were killed, wounded, or missing. Hensley made it through all that to only to be captured October 19, 1864 at Cedar Creek in Middletown, Va. (Battle of Third Winchester) He sent to Point Lookout Prison, Saint Mary's County, Maryland. The prison conditions were deplorable. Rations were below minimal, causing scurvy and malnutrition. Hensley was exchanged from the prison on March 30, 1865.
At the end of the war only 1 Officer and 44 men surrendered from 42nd Virginia Regiment Infantry.