|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1827|
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 1863|
Lt.Col. 1st Va. Arty. CSA Died from wounds at Fredericksburg. Taught at Hanover Academy and the University of Virginia.
Shown is Hanover Academy. Colonel Coleman operated a private school there and educated many prominent men of the time, including Confederate General James Dearing.
He was of intelligent stock and eminently related in Hanover County and eslewhere in Tidewater Virginia. He had won his Master's degree at the University of Virginia when 17 and, after teaching in private academies for twelve years, had gone back to his Alma Mater as Professor of Latin and Literature. As soon as his colleagues would permit, after the secession of Virginia, he left his chair and joined the Confederate army as a private soldier. In August, 1861, he organized a battery which he fought with a vigor that won him advancement to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel before the Seven Days. His fidelity as a Christian had equalled his skill as an artillerist and had matched his distinction as a scholar. The wounds he received at Fredericksburg, while bringing two howitzers into action, were not regarded at the time as serious but they were to prove fatal. Both Lee and Jackson mentioned him in reports; his Colonel, J. Thompson Brown, praised him warmly and issued a special order at the time of his death. Said Brown of Coleman in this order: "Patriotic and brave, his only motive was of duty, his only fear was of his God, his last earthly fight was a victory over the ememies of his country, his final struggle was a victory over death itself."
Mary E Barrett Coleman (1833 - 1900)*
The Church of Our Saviour Cemetery
Montpelier (Hanover County)
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Jun 30, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14781368