William Stuart Symington I (b1839)
Capt William Stuart Symington
BIRTH 9 Jan 1839 USA
DEATH 9 Jun 1912 (aged 73) Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
BURIAL Loudon Park Cemetery / Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Civil War Confederate Staff Officer. Lt. Company B, 21st Virginia Infantry, May 23, 1861. Resigned April 5, 1862. Volunteer Aide-de-camp to Pickett's Brigade at Frayser's Farm. Lt. Ordnance Officer to Pickett, July 1, 1862. Lt., Aide-de-camp to Pickett, October 10, 1862. Capt., September 24, 1863. Served with Pickett to Appomattox. Baltimore chemist and insurance salesman after the war.
Parents - Thomas Symington (born 1793)
Grandfather of William Stuart Symington III (born 1901)
- Younger brother Thomas Alexander Symington II (born 1842)
Co-Founder (along with his younger brother Thomas Alexander Symington II (born 1842) ) of the Davison, Symington and Company (approximately 1855 ... see the excellent 1951 scanned book on Davison Chemical's history up until 1951: 1951-10-davison-book-its-background-and-contributions-since-1832-chester-hockley-ocr.pdf / https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tYLksPXWxqfoAADLEsGhHqtetVoxalH- ); Later on, this became known as the Davison Chemical Company in the late 1800s.
Note - Years later, other members of the Symington family bought the "indian Spring" farm back...
"Stuart Symington - A Life" Page 1 - 4
Thomas and Angeline had two daughters and four sons. The oldest of the sons, born January 5, 1839, they understandably named William Stuart, after Angeline's father.
This first W Stuart Symington [ who became William Stuart Symington I ]- as is true of all his descendants who have borne the name, he dropped " William" - enlisted in the Virginia Militia at the age of twenty-two to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War. He became a second lieutenant at the outset and about a year later was appointed first lieutenant in the Confederate Army. Stuart became an aide to his first cousin by marriage, General George E. Pickett, and served in that capacity throughout the war. He fought with Pickett at Five Forks, Drewry's Bluff, Gettysburg, and Petersburg. Near the end of the Seven Days in June 1862, he disobeyed Pickett's orders to join him in Richmond and stayed behind to participate in the Battle of Frayzer's Farm. His horse was shot seven times and finally killed. He also had a horse shot out from under him during the futile, bloody assault on Cemetery Ridge in the waning hours of the Battle of Gettysburg. In command of Union troops at Cemetery Ridge was Brigadier General James S. Wadsworth, whose granddaughter Evelyn would become Mrs. W Stuart Symington III.
Lieutenant Symington remained with Pickett during all of the dreary months from Gettysburg to Appomattox and was among those cited by Pickett, in his final report to General Lee, "for gallantry and untiring zeal. " He surrendered his sword as a captain, but throughout the rest of his life he was referred to as "Major." Whatever his rank, his devotion to the Lost Cause remained undiminished. In its obituary of him, the Baltimore Sun wrote, "wild horses would not have dragged an admission from him that he believed that the South was in the wrong. " Rather than sign the Oath of Allegiance required of all former Confederate officers, he went to Germany, studying at the University of Heidelberg, until the frenzy calmed down. He was vice president of the Society of the Army and Navy of the Confederate States in Maryland, and in the last year of his life the society gave a testamentary dinner for him, the only person they had ever so honored up to that time. Three days before his sudden death on June 9, 1912 - he collapsed after a game of golf on a hot Sunday afternoon - he had led a parade of Confederate veterans celebrating the Confederate Memorial Day.
After returning to Baltimore from Germany, Major Symington went into the fertilizer business. Apparently, he was not very good at it.
Note: Among others of the Davison, Symington and Company was his younger brother Thomas Alexander Symington II (born 1842) ) (approximately 1855 ... see Excellent 1951 scanned book on Davison Chemical's history up until 1951: 1951-10-davison-book-its-background-and-contributions-since-1832-chester-hockley-ocr.pdf / https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tYLksPXWxqfoAADLEsGhHqtetVoxalH- ); Later on, this became known as the Davison Chemical Company in the late 1800s.
The company went into bankruptcy, and its owner lost everything. The family had to sell their big house on Charles Street and move into a small, rented house on North Avenue, not a particularly fashionable part of the city. Later he recovered somewhat, serving as secretary of the Consolidated Gas Company in Baltimore. By the time of his death, he was looked upon as one of Baltimore's leading citizens and, even in the midst of the family's most serious financial vicissitudes, they moved in Baltimore's most fashionable society.
One reason for that could well have been the woman Major Symington had the good fortune to marry. While in Richmond during the war on a recruiting trip, he attended a debutante ball at which he met a beautiful young woman named Lelia Skipworth Powers, daughter of a prominent Episcopal clergyman. In addition to her beauty, she possessed an impeccable Virginia lineage. Through her mother she was a direct descendant of Benjamin Harrison, who was married to Anne Carter, daughter of Robert "King" Carter, whose descendants included the Lees. After returning from Germany, Major Symington went back to Richmond and persuaded Lelia to marry him. They made a handsome couple, and, before Lelia died at the age of forty-four, they had a daughter and seven sons. The sons were all strapping young men, inheriting physiques that reflected their father's strength and their mother's beauty. All of them, with one exception, went into business and became financially successful.
Legal - Oct 1968 :
Washington Fire Insurance Company vs. Davison and Symington.
See 1870-cases-argued-and-determined-in-the-court-of-appeals-of-maryland-vol-xxx-oct-1968-to-aprill-1969.pdf / https://drive.google.com/open?id=15S0jr1v1pq2De4ocfIhdLJnBAuUVeMtO