|Birth: ||Sep. 7, 1835|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 1909|
William Lamb was an officer in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He is best remembered for his role in commanding the Confederate garrison at Fort Fisher.
The newly-promoted Colonel Lamb assumed command of Fort Fisher on the 4th of July 1862. Although not trained as an engineer he spent most of the next two years working successfully to build the fort into the Confederacy's largest bastion. Recognizing its critical strategic value to the Confederacy, he successfully defended the fort against a Union attack led by Benjamin Butler in December 1864. In January 1865 Alfred Terry led a renewed attack against the fort and despite a heroic defense by Lamb and his garrison the fort was captured and Lamb was grievously wounded. He eventually recovered, becoming from 1880 to 1886 the mayor of Norfolk, Virginia as his father and grandfather had been before him. In 1900 he was made a Knight of the Order of Vasa, for his services as consul for Sweden and Norway. He died in Norfolk in 1909 and is buried there in the Elmwood Cemetery. His personal papers are held by the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William & Mary.
At Age 20 was Half Owner of the "Southern Argus" newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia, married Sarah Anne Chafee
COL. WILLIAM LAMB DEAD.
Hero of Fort Fisher, Who Held It for Three Days Against Federal Attack.
NORFOLK, Va., March 23, 1909 Col. William Lamb, aged 73, soldier, lawyer, editor, merchant, and politician, died at his home here today. He was known as the "Hero of Fort Fisher."
During the civil war, in the siege of three days. In January of 1865, Col. Lamb held the fort, near Wilmington, N. C. with 1,900 men against the attack of 10,000 Federal troopers on land and 600 guns on the water. The Federal Army, although victorious, lost more men than Col. Lamb.
After the war Col. Lamb served as Mayor of Norfolk for two terms, and held many other offices. He was a delegate to several of the Democratic National Conventions, but in 1882 he turned to the Republican Party, and in 1888 was chosen State Chairman of the Republican Party.
Special to The New York Times Mar. 24, 1909
William Wilson Lamb (1803 - 1874)
Margaret Kerr Lamb (1811 - 1876)
Sarah Anne Chaffee Lamb (1837 - 1892)
Maria K Lamb (1858 - 1928)*
William C Lamb (1862 - 1888)*
Margaret Lamb Bilisoly (1873 - 1950)*
Henry Whiting Lamb (1876 - 1954)*
William Lamb (1835 - 1909)
Mary Content Lamb Donnell (1850 - 1924)*
Created by: John Evans
Record added: Sep 01, 2011
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