The following is taken from th Richmond Times, July 2?, 1896. " Captain R. D. Funkhouser was born in Warren County, Virginia in 1837 and joined Company D Forty- Ninth Virginia Infantry, June 17 , 1861, was elecred Junior Second Lieutenant and rose to the command of his company, May 12th 1864. The famous Extra Billy Smith was Colonel of the regiment which was in the charge on Ricket's Battery, the capture of which decided the victory at Fort Manassas. He went to Yorktown in April 1862 in the battles ot Williamsburg and Seven Days around Richmond, Sharpsburg, First and Second Fredericksburg, Winchester, Milroy's capture, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Bristol Station, Wilderness, 5th and 6th May, and Spotsylvania the 12th.It was after the capture of the horseshoe that General Lee wanted to lead the Forty-ninth in the charge to retake the works, the men objected and Captain Funkhouser had his horse led rearward by Sgt. W. H. Tompkins".
After the battles of Spotsylvania he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel He was captured a few days before the surrender at Appomattox and taken to Fort Delaware, where he remained until June 17th 1865
Source: A Historical Sketch of theFunkhouser Family, by Jacob Funkhouser, 1902.