Gen. Arthur Campbell Cummings
b.01 Oct 1822 of Abingdon, Virginia
d.19 Mar 1905
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Information on Gen. Arthur Campbell Cummings
From History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786 By Lewis Preston Summers:
The subject of this sketch is the son of James and Mary Cummings, and was born October Lst, 1822, on the location of the first settlement made by his great-grandfather, Charles dimmings, in about the year 1774, at tins he-ad of Wolf Hill Creek, about three miles west of Abingdou. Attended the private schools of the neighborhood until appointed a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute in the year 1841, from which institution he graduated in 1844. He studied law and was licensed to practise in 184'i. When the war between the United States and Mexico commenced, in May, 1840, he raised and was elected captain of two different volunteer companies under a call for volunteers by the United States Government, but neither company was called to go into service. Was commissioned by President Polk in March, 1847, as captain of Company K, Eleventh Regiment of the United States Infantry, being one of the ten regiments raised under an act of Congress to serve for five years, or during the war. lie enlisted about thirty-six men at Abingdon and at Chillicothie, Ohio, the rest of the company being enlisted by the two lieutenants m. Wheeling, Virginia. He was then ordered to join his regiment, and reached Vera Cruz the 1st of July, 1847; was there attached to the command of Major Lally. being the first troops to leave Vera Cruz after the army under General Scott had commenced their march on the city of Mexico. Captain Cummings was dangerously wounded in an engagement with a large force of guerillas concealed in a chaparral, at a place called Paso Ovejas, near the National Bridge leading to the City of Mexico, and was made brevet major for gallant conduct in that engagement- lie served as captain until the close of the war, and was discharged with the regiment at Fort Hamilton, Long A. C. Cummlngs. Island, New York, about September 1st, 1848. Was appointed division inspector of militia for the Fifth
Division on October 22d, 1849; was commissioned coloncl of the Fifth Regiment of Artillery (militia) July 24th, 18o8: was commissioned captain of the Eleventh Regiment of Infantry imilitia) May 20th, 1847. On his return home he resumed the practice of law. In May, 1801, he was commissioned colonel of Virginia Volunteers; was ordered to report to General T. J. Jackson at Harper's Ferry, and was by him assigned to the command of what was then the Second, afterwards the Tenth, Regiment. In June, 1861, by order of General Jackson, he organized the Third Regiment, then reporting from the adjoining counties. He afterwards organized the Thirty third Regiment, and was assigned to its command, and this command became a part of the Stonewall Brigade. He commanded this regiment at the first battle at Manassas and until the reorganization in 1862. Elected a member of the House of Delegates from this county in 1863 and again in 1869 and 1871.
Gen. Arthur Campbell Cummings was born on 1 Oct 1822. He died on 19 Mar 1905. He married Elizabeth Ellen Preston on 26 Feb 1852.
Elizabeth Ellen Preston [Parents] was born on 30 Apr 1824. She died on 9 Mar 1896. She married Gen. Arthur Campbell Cummings on 26 Feb 1852.
They had the following children:
F i Ellen Wilson Cummings was born on 27 Apr 1854. She died on 13 Sep 1900. M ii John Montgomery Preston Cummings was born on 29 Jun 1856. He died on 17 Apr 1876.