(CSA), Joshua Atchley Holmes, Sr

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(CSA), Joshua Atchley Holmes, Sr

Birthplace: Wythe, Virginia, United States
Death: July 24, 1894 (72)
Pulaski, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Pulaski, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Holmes and Mary Holmes
Husband of Elizabeth Rebecca Calfee Holmes
Father of James Henry Holmes; Mary Margaret Howard; Joseph Anderson Holmes; Madison Davis Holmes; Joshua Atchley Holmes, Jr and 1 other
Brother of Jane Miller; James Calfee Holmes; Catherine Raines; John Black Holmes; William Holmes, II and 1 other

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Carolyn Holmes
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About (CSA), Joshua Atchley Holmes, Sr

Joshua Atchley Holmes was the 7th child of William Holmes and Mary Calfee Holmes. He was a 13 year old orphan when most of his family left Pulaski County, VA on their Westward Migration. Joshua Atchley was raised by a maternal Aunt - Mrs. Sallie Calfee Honaker at her home in Draper Valley; which was close to his Father's old home.

At age 25, Joshua Atchley Holmes married 25 year old Elizabeth Rebecca Calfee (his 3rd Cousin) on December 2, 1847 at the Wythe County home of her father, John Calfee. The couple had 6 children, 5 sons & 1 daughter.

Joshua Atchley Holmes was a successful farmer and acquired several hundred acres of land on Pine Run in Pulaski County, close to where his father's farm had been and near the Honaker property where he grew up.

Although Joshua Atchley Holmes was 39 years old with 5 young children at the outbreak of the Civil War; he was age 40 in 1862, drafted into the Confederate Army. He reported to Camp Jackson in Wytheville but remained only 6-8 weeks before he returned home to join the Reserves or Home Guard. He was recalled to active duty on November 1, 1864, reporting to Camp Lee in Richmond, VA. He was assigned to Lieut. General Jubal Early's command at Fishersville in the Shenandoah Valley.

In January 1865, he was detailed to bring home 25 headquartered horses to be fed until Spring. Around March 15, he was ordered to report with the horses to Dublin, VA to the command of Maj. General John Echols; where he remained with the wagon train of this command until it was disbanded at Christiansburg, VA on April 14, 1865.

Two of Joshua Atchley's sons: James Henry and Joshua Atchley, Jr. never married and are buried with their parents at the Holmes Family Cemetery at the mouth of Peake Creek near NewBern, VA.


Additional information provided by:

  • "The Holmes Family of Pulaski County, Virginia 1790-1990" Family Records Collected, Compiled a Published by Joseph Charles Holmes, Richmond, VA - August 1991 and generously provided by Carol Walker.
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(CSA), Joshua Atchley Holmes, Sr's Timeline

April 23, 1822
Wythe, Virginia, United States
December 28, 1848
Pulaski, Virginia, United States
March 10, 1850
June 9, 1852
Pulaski County, Virginia, United States
April 10, 1854
June 10, 1856
October 28, 1864
July 24, 1894
Age 72
Pulaski, Virginia, United States
Pulaski, Virginia, United States