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Mr. Kelly,

According to the pension files at the Virginia State Library, Joshua [Josh] Puckett of Russell County, Virginia was a member of the 6th Battalion of Virginia Reserves. [I do not believe that he has a Compiled Service Record to this effect, but that does not mean he did not serve.] Puckett applied for a pension from the State of Virginia in April 1906. He was 62 years old at the time. He states that he was in "Company G, Major J. H. Smith's Company" and at another time the "13th Battalion" is mentioned. [Captain John H. A. Smith was captain of Company G, 13th Battalion Virginia Reserves and was later promoted to major. In February 1865 the 13th Battalion was redesignated the 6th Battalion Virginia Reserves. Most men probably never knew of the "6th Battalion" designation.] At the Battle of Saltville on October 2, 1864, the battalion suffered 88 casualties, 13 of whom were KIA. Josh Puckett was a member of McElhenny Camp, United Confederate Veterans.

To see pension file, go to:

The best source on the 6th Battalion Virginia Reserves is Jeff and Patti Weaver's monumental work "Reserves" which is part of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series. Names mentioned in Puckett's pension file found in the Weavers' work include:

John H. A. Smith
William C. Alderson
Charles H. Monk
George C. Gilmer
Martin P. Barnett [Lt. Barrett]


Pension files for Puckett family members in Russell County:

Puckett, Sarah Elizabeth
Puckett, W. H.
Puckett, Nancy J.
Puckett, Joshua
Puckett, James M.
Puckett, J. W.
Puckett, John D.

1860 Census of Russell County, Virginia

Anthony Puckett 56
Hannah Puckett 50
Elizabeth Puckett 23
Dashia Puckett 19
Labon S Puckett 16
James M Puckett 14
Joshua Puckett 12
Martha Puckett 10
Richard Puckett 6
Louisa Puckett 5

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