Simpson along with 4 of his brothers fought in the Civil War. Levi and William fought for the Union. Simpson and his brother, Daniel, enlisted together in the Confederate unit: Co. K, 31st Virginia Infantry Regiment shortly after the start of the Civil war on May 16, 1861.
The 31st Infantry was known as the "Bloody 31st". In December, 1861 Confederate forces under Col. Edward Johnson occupied the summit of Allegheny Mountain to defend the Staunton and Parkersburg Pike. A Union force under Brig. Gen. Robert H. Milroy attacked Johnson at sunrise on December 13, 1862. It was a bloody battle with an indecisive winner and loss of 137 Union and 146 Confederate soldiers, of which Simpson's brother was one. This was the Battle of Allegheny Mountain.
Daniel was severely wounded in that battle. Simpson stayed with his brother at Camp Allegheny taking care of him then buried him when he died of those wounds on January 3, 1863. Family legend says that Simpson returned home to round up all his male relatives to enlist in the Confederate Army. The legend is fact. He was listed as deserting his Co. K unit; however, he and his brother, Charles, joined the Company E, 62nd Virginia Mounted Infantry on August 26, 1862. Simpson served until he was captured then surrendered and paroled at the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Dept. of WV on May 9, 1865. Simpson’s finger was shot off in the war.
After the war, Simpson married Elvira Poling in Barbour County, WV on May 2, 1869 and had 5 children:
Simpson was a farmer until his death on Feb. 3, 1918. He was buried in Stringtown Cemetery, Belington, Barbour County, West Virginia; his wife is buried at his side. An American flag has been posted by his grave as well as his brother, Levi's, at his grave behind Simpson's. 
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On 5 Apr 2017 at 15:21 GMT Sheryl Moore wrote: