Poindexter Military Roll of Honor
In its original form, the family name is spelled "Poingdestre." Our earliest
beginnings trace to the Isle of Jersey in 1309, with the appearance of a Pierre
Poingdestre. While precise translations of the name vary from the most common
"Right Fist," to the rough equivalent of "Hot Spur," the most compelling theory
is that our name was first bestowed as a battle honor. On old Poingdestre family
coats of arms, a gauntleted right, or dexter, fist is prominently featured. As
history tells us, the right hand has always been viewed as the side of honor and
strength, for this is the sword arm of a warrior. Or, if it indeed harkens to
the eager spurs of a young hot-blood, one should consider that in medieval
times, the combination of spurs and horses were predominantly the province of
soldiers, and not a common workingman.
The suggestion either way is that our name has its origins in the martial
endeavors of some long-forgotten soldier, who attracted notice by his bravery or
prowess of arms. It is not beyond possibility that our first Poingdestre fought
for William the Conqueror, and so was awarded the first family lands upon
While the mystery of our origins may remain obscured in the mists of time,
the family since has remained true to its martial heritage, and especially so in
the United States. This page is by no means a concise listing of Poindexter
soldiers, nor is it intended to be. But I do wish it to be a salute to all of
our clan, who, throughout the evolution of this Nation, rose to the call of
Poindexters in the wars with England were many. No less than fourteen
of them served in the American Revolution either under arms, or in support
roles. By the time the growing colonies had enough of King George, the
children of the immigrant, George Poindexter, had given their sweat and
toil to this land for over a century. Their forebears had been Englishmen
second, and Jerseymen first, so no doubt these grandchildren and great
grandchildren counted Virginia as no less their home. No list of Loyalists
has been found containing a Poindexter name, so it would appear that the
Poindexter loyalty to the crown had long since withered of neglect.
Poindexters who served included soldiers under Washington and civil
servants who supplied those soldiers. Some collected grain while others
proved more common go", and others spilt their blood for freedom. One of
George Poindexter's great-grandsons, Chapman Poindexter, was wounded, by
some accounts quite severely, and taken prisoner by the British in 1781.
Yet he survived to raise a large family who carried on the family
traditions, and he survived well into the next century.
POINDEXTER, Bond V. Louisa
POINDEXTER, George Beskin New Kent Co.
Henry New Kent Co.
POINDEXTER, John Louisa Co.
John (Commissioner of the Grain Tax) Louisa Co.
Jr. Louisa Co.
POINDEXTER, Joseph (Poyndexter) Bedford Co.
POINDEXTER, Joseph Campbell Co.
POINDEXTER, Nimrod New
POINDEXTER, Philip Mecklenburg Co.
Jr. Mecklenburg Co.
POINDEXTER, Thomas Louisa Co.
POINDEXTER, William Louisa Co.
POINDEXTER, William New
POINDEXTER, John, Captain
(Military Officer) Louisa Co.
POINDEXTER, Richard, Soldier, Cav.
POINDEXTER, Lovel, Soldier, Inf.
Sergeant, Inf., New Kent Co.
POINDEXTER, Gabriel, Soldier, Inf.
POINDEXTER, Jacob, Sergeant, Art.
POINDEXTER, Joseph, Cpl.
WAR OF 1812
During the war of 1812 perhaps another dozen Poindexters bore arms, and
at least one, Meriweather Poindexter, lost his life in service to his
country. He died in the battle of Battle of Raison River. His commander
was General William H. Harrison, who would later become a U.S. president.
As Poindexters gave of themselves to the building of a nation, so they
would also take part in a later conflict which would threaten to tear it
apart. Yet always, they viewed themselves as patriots, and remained true to
Bondville POINDEXTER, 3 Regiment
Artillery, Virginia Militia.
Carter B. POINDEXTER, Detachment of
Cavalry (1813-14), Virginia Militia.
Bondville POINDEXTER, Capt.
SIMS' Co., Artillery, Virginia Militia.
Edward POINDEXTER, 63 Reg't
(CHRISTIAN'S) Virginia Militia.
Edwin POINDEXTER, 5 Reg't
(MCDOWELL'S) Virginia Militia.
Lewis D. POINDEXTER, 1 Reg't Cav.
(HOLCOMBE'S) Virginia Mil.
MAJOR C. POINDEXTER, 2 Reg't (SHARP'S)
Nicholas J. POINDEXTER, 40 Regiment Virginia
Phillip POINDEXTER, 22 Reg't, Virginia Mil.
POINDEXTER, 4 Reg't (GREENHILL'S) Virginia Militia.
POINDEXTER, 9 Regiment (BOYD'S) Virginia Militia.
POINDEXTER, 7 Reg't (GRAY'S) Virginia Militia.
POINDEXTER, 3 Reg't (DICKINSON'S) Virginia Militia.
POINDEXTER, 1 Corps d'Elite (RANDOLPH'S), Virginia Militia.
POINDEXTER, 1 Corps d'Elite (RANDOLPH'S) Virginia Militia.
POINDEXTER, 1 Corps d'Elite (RANDOLPH'S), Virginia Militia.
POINDEXTER, 8 Reg't (WALL'S) Virginia Militia.
8 Reg't (WALL'S) Virginia Militia.
John P. POINDEXTER, 52 Reg't
Lightfoot POINDEXTER, 52 Reg't
(CHRISTIAN'S) Virginia Militia.
Richard POINDEXTER, 1 Reg't
(TRUEHEART'S) Virginia Militia.
Thomas POINDEXTER, 1 Reg't
(TRUEHEART'S) Virginia Militia.
John POINDEXTER, 5 Reg't
(BOOTH'S) East Tennessee Militia.
Samuel POINDEXTER, 1 Reg't
(WYNNE'S) W. Tennessee Militia.
Samuel POINDEXTER, 3 Reg't
(ROULSTON'S) West Tennessee Mil.
John POINDEXTER, 17 Reg't
(FRANCESCO'S) Kentucky Militia
Samuel POINDEXTER, 17 Reg't
(FRANCESCO'S) Kentucky Militia.
Merriwether POINDEXTER, 1 Rifle Reg't
(ALLEN'S), Kentucky Vols.
Robert POINDEXTER, 13 Reg't (DUDLEY'S)
Francis A. POINDEXTER, 5 Reg't (ATKINSON'S)
North Carolina Mil.
William POINDEXTER, 5 Reg't (ATKINSON'S) North
Archer POINDEXTER, 8th Regt. 2nd Co - Detached from 2nd
Surry Co. Regt.
Francis A. POINDEXTER, Surry Co. 2nd Regt.
1838 INDIAN REMOVAL from North Carolina
Winfield Scott, Commanding
North Carolina Regiment, Company L, Macon County
FLORIDA, Seminole Indian Wars
John W. POINDEXTER, Sgt.
BLACKHAWK WAR, 1832 ILLINOIS
POINDEXTER, Pvt., Capt. Smith's Co., Col. Fry's Regt. Mounted Volunteers.
(NOTE; My great-great uncle, later enlisted in 116th IL Infantry during the
C. B. POINDEXTER, Lt., US Navy,
Sloop "Falmouth" (NOTE; Son of Carter B. above. Career Navy, later resigned
to serve Virginia in the Confederate Navy.)
4th Illinois Infantry
James POINDEXTER 1st Kentucky Cavalry
John POINDEXTER 1st Mississippi Infantry
L. POINDEXTER 1st
Lawrence POINDEXTER 1st Illinois Foot Volunteers
(NOTE; Most probably my great-great uncle, who later moved to Modoc Co.
Ruben M. POINDEXTER 2nd Illinois Foot Volunteers
Thomas I. POINDEXTER 1st Texas Mounted Volunteers
(illeg.) POINDEXTER 2nd Texas Mounted Volunteers
POINDEXTER Unit not noted
W. J. POINDEXTER Chevallies
Batt'n Texas Mounted Volunteers
William J. POINDEXTER Hill's Company
Texas Mounted Volunteers
Zedock POINDEXTER 3rd Regiment Missouri
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
Rather than attempting the
daunting and possibly impossible task of naming every Poindexter who served in
this, America's most defining conflict, please allow me make a brief summary.
The full numbers of our family members who wore either Union blue or Confederate
gray have never been compiled in one place, and perhaps may never be completely
Broadfoot's Roster of Confederate Soldiers lists no less than 192
Poindexters. Even allowing for duplications of names, or men who served in more
than one unit, that is still a fair crowd. Sadly, no such roster seems to exist
for Union soldiers. However, the fact remains that a remarkable number of us
took up arms for this fight, and I believe were probably represented on
virtually every major battlefield of the war.
At Gettysburg alone there are believed to have been at least 9 Confederate
Poindexters present, several whom of took place in Pickett's Charge on July 3,
1863. During that three-day battle, Capt. James Edward Poindexter of H
Co. 38th VA Infantry, Armistead's Brigade, Pickett's Division, was wounded and
taken POW. His young brother Sgt. William R. Poindexter, also of H Co.,
was wounded but numbered among the few to retreat from Pickett's field. Pvt.
Pleasant H. Poindexter of G Co. 28th NC Infantry, Pender's Division, was
listed WIA, while his brother Pvt. William G. W. Poindexter of the same
unit was hit on July 3rd, most likely also during Pickett's Charge, and died two
days later. Given the numbers of Virgina troops on that field, it is probable
that actual numbers of Poindexters present is much, much higher.
Nor is this to detract in any way from our brave Union lads. While the far
greater numbers of Poindexters fought for their Southern homeland, in the
generations since the Revolutionary War, there were also many who had moved
northward with their families. My gr.gr. grandpa's brother, S. H.
POINDEXTER lied about his over-limit 47 years in order to enlist with an
Illinois regiment, only to suffer a badly-wrenched ankle which refused to heal,
thus ending his brief military career. One George S. POINDEXTER served
out his three-year term and was discharged as a 2nd Lieutenant, only to come
back as a Private and finish out the war. Brothers John and Randall
POINDEXTER served as surgeons for the men in blue. At least two other Union
soldiers, Joseph POINDEXTER and Madison POINDEXTER, were freed men
in the US Colored Troops, risking terrible peril if they ever fell into the
hands of the enemy, yet willing to fight for the magnificent hope represented to
them by the Stars and Stripes.
Both sides believed they stood true to the ideals of our Founding Fathers.
Both sides felt steadfastly that they fought for a just Cause. And both sides
saw young men who wore the battle-honored name of Poindexter pay dearly, in
blood and life. We rose to the martial call as our consciences required, and
served the flag we felt best served us. We were part and parcel of the creation
of this Nation's Democratic process, growing pains and all.
WORLD WAR I
Lawrence Allen POINDEXTER, Private, I
Co. 76th Infantry
Earl Chester POINDEXTER, service presently not
Please note; I do not know of any rosters or databases for soldiers
who actually served in this Great War. Draft registrations are not guarantee
that they actually were inducted. Therefore I can only begin this roster with my
own kinfolks. If you have a Poindexter ancestor whom you know to have served in
WWI, I would like to hear from you, that I may here post his name and
WORLD WAR II
Major James Noble POINDEXTER, US
Army Air Corps. Ace Fighter Pilot, Eighth Air Force.
2nd Lt. Arthur
Andrews POINDEXTER, USMC (later Col., retired, deceased.) Decorated for
Valor, Wake Island, POW of the Japanese.
Seaman 1st Class Herbert J.
POINDEXTER, Jr., USN. Killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941.
Purple Heart Medal.
Private Raymond Leroy POINDEXTER, US Army Signal
Corps. Survived to become my dad!
2nd Lt. Audry D. POINDEXTER,
Texas. 20th Bomber Squadron, 2nd Bomber Group. Died Mar 14 1945, buried
Lorraine, France. Purple Heart, Air Medal.
PFC Ernest POINDEXTER,
West Virginia. 95th Evacuation Hospital. Died June 26, 1945, buried Lorraine,
1st Sgt. Ollie J. POINDEXTER, Indianna. 411th Infantry, 103rd
Division. Died Nov 16, 1944, buried Epimal, France. Purple Heart Medal.
Lt. William O. POINDEXTER Jr., Georgia. Headquarters 305th Bomber Wing.
Missing Aug 17, 1945, Florence, Italy. Air Medal.
E4 Rufus C. POINDEXTER, US Army Reserve.
Missing Dec 31 1953. Age 29, North Carolina
Spec 4 Moses Leon POINDEXTER, US Army.
Killed in Action 22 May 1967 Age 21, Virginia
PFC Jason T. POINDEXTER, US Marines.
Died due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. 12 September 2004 Age 20, Texas
Captain Allen Goodwin "Dex" Poindexter, USN
(Pilot), NASA Astronaut
Died On July 1, 2012, due to injuries he received from a personal watercraft
accident in Little Sabine Bay off Pensacola Beach, Florida. He was 51.
Astronaut Alan G. Poindexter, USN
To All Who Have Served, THANK YOU. We owe you our faith, our respect, our
honored remembrance. We still hear Freedom ring, but let us never forget that it
is a fragile old bell, whose tones echo with the voices of all who have laid
down their lives to preserve it.
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Jean Poingdestre 1609-1691
George Poingdestre/Poindexter 1627-1690
George Littleton Poindexter, Governor of Mississippi 1779-1853
James Preston Poindexter 1819- 1907
John A. Poindexter, Colonel, CSA 1825-1869
James E. Poindexter, Captain, CSA 1839-1911
Meredith Poindexter Gentry, Congressman 1809-1866
Joseph Boyd Poindexter, Governor of Hawaii 1869-1951
Miles Poindexter, Ambassadore 1868-1946
John Marlan Poindexter, Admiral (Retired)
Alan G. Poindexter, Astronaut, USN 1961-2012
John B. Poindexter, Captain, USA
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