This copyrighted material is extracted (15 Jul 2004] from Albert Z. Conner, Not For Fame Or Reward: VMI's Civil War Soldiers, in-progress. It is provided for review and comment and/or to assist in other research. Artilleryman; later an artillery noncommissioned officer or acting in that capacity; (prisoner-of-war). Born about 1844, Caperton matriculated into VMI from Union, [West] Virginia, with the Class of 1864. He left the cadet corps after six months. [Alumnus file.] He is listed in the VMI alumni registers as “Pvt., Otey Battery, C.S.A.” The 1989 Addendum to the VMI alumni registers adds no further data. McMurry’s VMI Alumni in the Civil War states that Caperton enlisted in Monroe County, [West] Virginia, on 19 Aug 1862 as a private in Company “A,” 13th Virginia Light Artillery Battalion. The company was also known as Capt. G. G. Otey’s [Ex-1855] and Capt. D. N. Walker’s Company. Caperton was reported sick at home in Union in Nov 1862. He was shown as detailed as battalion ordnance sergeant on a muster return for Jan-Feb 1865. Caperton was also listed as ordnance sergeant of a list of prisoners-of-war paroled in Charleston, West Virginia, on 11 May 1865. He was described at that time as standing five feet- eight inches tall, with light complexion and whiskers, dark eyes and dark hair. McMurry adds that John Caperton was related to Asst. Surg. G. H. Caperton 1851, and was a first cousin of Lt. Allan Caperton Ex-1867. He was also the ward of Brig. Gen. John Echols Ex-1843/HG. Per Wallace’s A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865, Company “A,” 13th Virginia Light Artillery Battalion, was formed in Richmond on 14 Mar 1862 and enlisted into Confederate service on 22 Mar 1862. Its first commander was Capt. George Gaston Otey Ex-1855 [mortally wounded on 23 May 1862, prior to Caperton’s enlistment, and died on 21 Oct 1862]. Otey was succeeded by Capt. David Norvell Walker. Sifakis’ Compendium (Virginia) states that during Caperton’s tenure the Virginia Richmond Otey Battery fought in the Kanawha Campaign (Sep 1862 - specifically in [West] Virginia at Fayetteville on 10 Sep 1862, and at Charleston on 13 Sep 1862. This work states it became Company “A,” 13th Virginia Light Artillery Battalion, in Oct 1863. Afterward the company [and probably Caperton] fought in King’s Artillery Battalion and in Gibbe’s/Owen’s/Walker’s Artillery Battalion at 2nd Cold Harbor (1-3 Jun 1864); the Petersburg Siege (Jun 1864-Apr 1865); and Appomattox (9 Apr 1865 - most of the battery had actually been captured the previous day with Walker’s artillery column). After the war, according to the alumni registers, Caperton returned to farming. He died on 31 Oct 1867. Although he died soon after the war, he was not listed among those who died of war effects.
Source:Albert Z. Conner