Volume v


Volume V - (1193 pages)

Highlights the stories of 56 families of Brethren, Mennonite and other faiths in Mill Creek, Port Republic, Elkton and east side of Rockingham County, Virginia

Explore the personal struggles of families in Rockingham County, Virginia, who held to their convictions regarding slavery and war and maintained their loyalty to the Union during the Civil War. In Volume V of Unionists and the Civil War Experience in the Shenandoah Valley, you will meet 56 such families who lived in the Goods Mill, LeRoy, McGaheysville, Port Republic, Roadside and Harrisonburg Areas, Rockingham County, Virginia. Here are the areas and names of the families featured in in the 1193 pages of Volume V.

Goods Mill
Samuel Carpenter
Samuel Good
William D. Maiden
Daniel Miller

Stephen H. Murray

Joseph H. Harshbarger
Nicholas Kyer

Port Republic
Philip Baker
Andrew J. Baugher
Winfield Scott Baugher
John Crawford Estate
Lawrence Crawford
William S. Downs
Elias Hudlow
Alexander Kyger
General Samuel H. Lewis, Estate
Samuel H. Lewis, Jr. 
Amos Scott
James E. Shifflett
Philip H. Showalter
James Smith
Peter W. Whiter

Asa S. Baugher
Juila A. Baugher
Nicholas Breeden
James B. Eastham
St. Clair D. & Francis W. Kirtley
Meredith Knighting
Rebecca Lawson
James G. Maiden

John Armentrout
Issac Bowman
John Bowman, Sr. 
John W. Bowman
Joseph Bowman
Jacob Brunk
Abraham Early
Joseph Early
Gustavus A. Gay
Alge[r]non S. Gray
Robert A. Gray
George G. Hall
Issac Hardesty
William C. Harrison
Samuel Hartman
David S. Jones Estate
William Lineweaver
Moritz and Jonas Lowenbach
James J. Miller
John M. Miller
Joseph B. Moyers
Branson M. Parrett
Henry Pulse
Mary Strother
Edward J. Sullivan
Mrs. Emilie S. Waterman


Rockingham County businessmen Norman R. Wenger and David S. Rodes have researched the archival records of the Southern Claims Commission and compiled the claims these families submitted to the U.S. Government for compensation after the war. The claimants' stories, written by Emmert F. Bittinger, reveal physical hardship, struggles of conscience and fear of losing one’s life.

Editor Emmert Bittinger, Professor Emeritus of Bridgewater College, has prepared the numerous documents for publication and written an insightful introduction to Volumes I-V. His comments and claim summaries set each in context and help the reader to understand the claim and how the Claims Commission responded to it.

This series is co-published by the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center,
(formerly Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center)
P.O. Box 1563, Harrisonburg, VA 22803