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Lain, Claybrook Y., c. 1864


Biographical Note

Claybrook Y. Lain (variously spelled Lane and Layne) was born in Albemarle, Virginia, to Elizabeth Lain in the 1830s. During the American Civil War, in Richmond, on April 23, 1861, Lain joined the 15th Virginia Infantry. In 1862, Lain was promoted to first sergeant and between August and October of 1863, he became the regimental commissary sergeant. Lain died during the Battle of Drewry's Bluff, on May 16, 1864, and left behind his mother as sole beneficiary--Lain was unmarried. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.

External source: "SGT Claybrook Y Lain",,, accessed April 17, 2023.

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15th Virginia Infantry History

Identifier: Ms-2009-111

The collection contains a history of the 15th Virginia Infantry, covering its formation in April 1861 to the spring of 1862, written by enlisted soldier Claybrook Y. Lain. Includes copies of Confederate company records concerning Lain's enlistment, payment, death, and beneficiaries.

Dates: 1861 - 1864