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 Walter Husted Stevens

Walter Husted Stevens

Birth
Penn Yan, Yates County, New York, USA
Death 12 Nov 1867 (aged 40)
Veracruz, Veracruz Municipality, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, Mexico
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 10056 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Born in Penn Yan, New York, he graduated 4th in the West Point class of 1848. Upon graduation he entered the Corps of Engineers, and for nearly 13 years performed his duties in Louisiana and Texas. His tour in the South and his marriage to the sister of future Confederate General Louis Hebert made him an avowed Southerner in sentiment. After Texas seceded, he submitted his resignation on March 2, 1861. The War Department refused to accepted it, and he was eventually dismissed on a technicality. Appointed with the rank of Captain of Engineers in the Confederate army, he acted as General Pierre G.T. Beauregard's engineer officer at First Bull Run. When General Joseph E. Johnston replaced Beauregard, he remained as chief engineer of the Army of Virginia. He performed his duties during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign until Johnston's wounding at Seven Pines on May 31. Now with the rank of Colonel, he was given command of the defenses of Richmond, Virginia, by Johnston's successor, General Robert E. Lee. For the next 2 years he expanded and strengthened the earthworks rimming the Confederate capital. In the summer of 1864, Lee appointed him chief engineer of the Army of Northern Virginia. With promotion to Brigadier General, he supervised the Confederate defenses at Petersburg, Virginia, works that defied the Federal army for nearly 10 months. When Richmond fell on April 2, 1865, he was the final uniformed man to abandon the city. He surrendered with the army at Appomattox. He later emigrated to Mexico where he became engineer and superintendent of the Imperial Railroad. He later died in Vera Cruz.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10056
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Walter Husted Stevens (24 Aug 1827–12 Nov 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10056, citing Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .