Capt. John Fordyce, of Berwick, Ill., arrived here last week to visit relatives in this county. Captain Fordyce at the outbreak of the civil war enlisted in Company F, Seventh Virginia Infantry, which company was recruited by Major J. B. Morris, of Mt. Morris. Upon promotion of Captain Morris to Major, Mr. Fordyce, who was then a sargeant, was chosen captain. On October 26, '61 the company entered its first battle, at Romney, Va., and had one man killed, Jesse Taylor. Toward the latter part of the war Companies A and E were combined with Company F and were commanded by Captain Fordyce. The regiment saw hard fighting and at Ream's Station his company lost half of its members who were in action. Captain Fordyce will attend a reunion of the regiment at Fairmont, W. Va. He is a brother of Mrs. Thomas Sayers, of this place.
Waynesburg Republican, September 6, 1900
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