John Lewis Hammack


59th Virginia Infantry
3rd Company G


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Jeffrey Yoest's ancestor was the paternal grandfather of his maternal grandmother.

John Lewis Hammack was born in 1830 in Lunenburg Co., Virginia. At the outset of the war, J.L. Hammack was a farmer in Brunswick County. He married Elvira Baird a month before the firing on Ft. Sumter, having two children before being conscripted into Confederate service in October, 1864 at Camp Lee. He was assigned to 3rd Co. G of the 59th Va. Infantry (Bushrod Johnson's Division).

He was sent to Petersburg to resist Grant's seige of the city. Private Hammack suffered several episodes of illness, being hospitalized at Chimborazo Hospital in November, the Brigade Hospital in December, and the Confederate Hospital at Farmville just before the evacuation of Richmond. After the war, J.L. Hammack returned to farming and had five more children. He was one of the founders of Pleasant Hill Church near Pea Hill Creek in 1878. He died in 1905. 

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