|Birth: ||Aug., 1835|
|Death: ||Jul. 31, 1862|
Civil War Confederate Officer. A devoted son of United States Congressman Richard Kidder Meade, he was a member of the 1857 graduating class of the United States Military Academy at West Point. As an engineer officer in the United States Army, he was assigned to Charleston, South Carolina, the epicenter of the growing crisis of 1860-1861. With the nation on the edge of war, he played a pivotal role in the relocating of Major Robert Anderson’s command from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter on December 26, 1860 and was commanding Castle Pinckney at the time that future Confederate General James Johnston Pettigrew demanded its surrender. The blunt Meade interrupted Pettigrew’s reading of South Carolina Governor Francis Pickens orders stating that he will not recognize the authority of the Governor. The Lieutenant subsequently declined Pettigrew’s “parole” offer and returned to Fort Sumter. There, he witnessed the January 9, 1861 firing on the “Star of the West” and would command an artillery gun crew during the opening shots of the war on April 12th. Loyal to his native state of Virginia, he pledged allegiance to her and resigned from the United States Army. The Southerner offered his services to the newly formed Confederacy and was commissioned a Major in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States (PACS) to rank from March 16, 1861. He served on the staffs of Generals John B. Magruder and James Longstreet respectively. On July 31, 1862, a disease ended his life in Petersburg, Virginia.
Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Oct 10, 2005
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