"We have commenced drilling"
Christopher. L. Wingfield to Benjamin Franklin Gravely, July 8, 1861, Gravely Family Papers, Acc. 34126, Library of Virginia.
Physician Christopher L. Wingfield enlisted on June 22, 1861, at age twenty-seven in Company F, the Leatherwood Fencibles, 42d Regiment Virginia Infantry. On July 8, he reported to Henry County merchant Benjamin Franklin Gravely on camp life before his regiment marched to the front. "Both of the surgeons for this camp being absent," Wingfield wrote, "I have had a pretty busy time of it for the last three days—as I have had to attend to several companies." The regiment, instead of marching to Manassas as anticipated, marched northwest to Monterey, in Highland County, a rendezvous point for Virginia soldiers who during the remainder of the year fought to defend the northwestern counties from United States forces. Promoted to captain on April 21, 1862, Wingfield died from wounds on September 2, 1862.