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SoVaNow.com / October 07, 2013The Halifax County Historical Society is sponsoring a book-signing for author Edwin Lawless, Sunday, Oct. 13, from 3-5 p.m., at the South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center.
If you already have a copy and would like to have it autographed, please stop by. Since the Sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War is in progress, this book makes a great gift.
The book, entitled My Two, My Only Sons—Two Halifax County Soldiers in Southwest Virginia and published about two years ago, is about the lives of Edwin Lawless’ great-great uncles.
This book tells the story of two brothers A. Whitlocke Hoge and Moses J. Hoge from Halifax County, Virginia. Whitlocke Hoge was a student at Hampden-Sydney when he left to join the Confederate army and would rise to the rank of Lieutenant, Ringgold Battery. Moses Hoge was a private in the same battery.
This book has been compiled from the diary, journal, and other letters, newspaper clipping, and military records. From these documents Barney Lawless has woven into this book the eyewitness accounts of the Hoge family and others who were involved.
Their personal effects included their letters from home, and their families kept the letters they had written from their service.
They were the two youngest sons of Dr. Thomas Hoge. The older son Moses was an adult and participated in the active running of the family plantation at “Oakley” in Halifax County.
The youngest son Whitlocke was beginning an academic career as a student at Hampden-Sydney College following in the steps of his father and uncles and where his grandfather Moses Hoge had been president from 1808 to 1820.
From his service with the Hampden-Sydney Boys and escaping capture, Whitlocke Hoge and his older brother joined the Ringgold Battery where they served until their careers ended when they were killed in the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain on May 9, 1864. They are buried in the family cemetery in Halifax County.
The author is a retired civil engineer and graduate of VMI.
Please join the Society for the book signing. Light refreshments will be served.