The Civil War Years
Betsey Mason

Elizabeth "Betsey" Mason 1802-1873*

The Civil War Years

After securing Huntley, Betsey and Frank went to Frederick and Point of Rocks, Maryland, to transact other business. Betsey then went to Richmond, where she stayed during the war. She returned to Alexandria after the war.

John Francis Mason ("Frank" 1829-1897), who was a doctor, served as a line officer in the Confederate States Army. He held the rank of captain and probably served with General Joseph E. Johnston's army. After the war, he lived in New Orleans and later Leesburg.

Arthur Pendleton Mason ("Pen" 1835-1893) joined the 2nd Regiment Mississippi Cavalry sometime in 1860 or early 1861. Later that year he transferred to the 6th Regiment of Brigadier General T. C. Hindman's Brigade of Arkansas Volunteers. On December 11, 1861, he was ordered to report to General Johnston at Manassas. His brother-in-law, Thomas Grimke Rhett, was Johnston's chief of staff at the time. Pen served as Johnston's assistant adjutant general during most of the war. He also served on the staffs of Generals Robert E. Lee and John Bell Hood. He attained the rank of colonel. After the war, he lived in New Orleans, where he was a merchant.


* Picture courtesy Mt. Vernon Ladies' Association of which Betsey was a member.