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Ralph, do you have any other info at all?

I've done some digging and run a few searches and can find nothing at all on "Piles Guerillas." In fact, I'm not even sure a guerrilla unit would be structured enough to have 'companies' and such unless it was a large well organized unit, like Quantrill's Raiders - and I'm not even sure the more famous guerrilla groups had that kind of internal structure.

I'll be happy to help you if I can, but I'm afraid I haven't had any luck with the data provided.

Are you looking for a specific soldier? If so a surname might help. Dates, more specific locations, even stories you may have heard. Whatever info you can give me - no matter how insignificant it may seem - will help me find what you need. If it can be found at all, that is.

E-mail me if you come up with any more data I could use. (I'm taking a break from my own genealogy research right now.)



I'm not a Civil War buff. I am trying to get information about my great grandmother who was born in Wayne County, (now West) Virginia in 1850. Her name at birth was Rebecca Fannin and she had an older brother, Theodore, according to census.

Extensive research has turned up little to nothing on Theodore. I happened on to this in's military information.

Name: Theodore Fannon

Company: H

Unit: Piles Guerillas.

Rank - Induction: Private

Rank - Discharge: Private

Allegiance: Confederate

Notes: Fannin Theodore

Source Information:United States National Archives. Civil War Compiled Military Service Records [database online] Provo, UT:, 1999-.

Silas Fannin was the father of Theodore and Rebecca and several other children. They were found in Wayne County (VA, WV) censuses 1850 through 1880, then apparently disappeared from public records.

I was surprised to find this information on a Theodore Fannin/Fannon, but the time frame would fit for him to be son of Silas.

The surname is found Fanning, Fannin, and Fannon. Silas's descendants have been found recorded as Fannin mostly, but sometimes Fannon.

In the original the spelling was Guervillas, which I assumed and corrected to Guerillas.

I, too, wondered if Piles Guerillas were part of Quantrills Raiders, but as I said I've had no interest in Civil War history.

Tina,Thank you for staying with this. I keep in close contact with those on Rootsweb and's GenForum who submit messages about Silas Fannin and family.

Is there any way you can access and follow-up with the Source Information:United States National Archives. Civil War Compiled Military Service Records [database online] Provo, UT:, 1999-? Piles'Guerillas must have been attached closely to Company H. Maybe finding out what battles (if any) was in would provide additional clues.

I was not able to find it online.


Sorry I didn't respond sooner. I have several posts here I check on occasionally and I forget some of them once in a while. I apologize.

I will see what I can do with the latest info you have provided:


� Camp Chase Cemetery Pvt Theodore Fannin

Death: Jan. 13, 1865

Inscription: Pvt. Theodore Fannin Co.H **1st VA. Inf. CSA Note: Confederate POW who died while in Yankee captivity during the civil war.

Burial:Camp Chase Cemetery ColumbusFranklin CountyOhio, USAPlot: Grave No.757-CC

From: "Toni Carter" <>To: <>Date: June 15, 2005

Dear Mr. Sayre:

This is in response to your email message of June 1, 2005 to the library of the Virginia Historical Society.

The VHS Civil War expert was able to find additional information about Theodore Fannin, that I wanted to pass on to you. His Confederate service record consists of no enlistment papers or any official documentation, just POW records. We think he was involved in 'unofficial' guerrilla warfare in western Virginia. Fannin was arrested in Wayne County on October 19, 1864, at which time he was age 16, with blue eyes, light hair, a farmer standing 5'6", a resident of Wayne County. He was taken to a prison in Wheeling briefly, and then sent on to Camp Chase, Ohio, where he died on January 13, 1865 of variola***. He was buried in grave #757, 1/3 mile south of Camp Chase.

I hope that this information is helpful.

Sincerely,Toni M. CarterAssistant Librarian

Toni M. CarterAssistant LibrarianVirginia Historical

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