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Gen Gabriel Colvin Wharton

Gen Gabriel Colvin Wharton

Birth
Culpeper, Culpeper County, Virginia, USA
Death 12 May 1906 (aged 81)
Radford, Radford City, Virginia, USA
Burial Radford City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 11107 · View Source
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Brigadier General, Confederate States Army, Virginia State Legislator. He was born in Culpeper City, Virginia, and attended the Virginia Military Institute where he graduated 2nd in the class of 1847. Becoming a civil engineer, he went to the Southwest where he invested in mining and worked in western New Mexico Territory. Upon returning to Virginia, he enlisted in the 45th Virginia Infantry and was elected Major in July 1861. He soon transfered to the 51st Virginia, which elected him its Colonel in August of that year. The 51st was attached to Brigadier General John B. Floyd's Army of the Kanawha and saw action in southwestern Virginia. They were later sent West to serve with Floyd's Fort Donelson garrison in Tennessee. There he commanded Floyd's 1st Brigade, which was made up of the 51st, and the 56th Virginia. When surrender was certain he escaped with most of his men on February 16, 1862. He served briefly at Nashville, Tennessee, returning with the 51st back to southwestern Virginia, there serving under Major General Samuel Jones through the autumn of 1863. He was promoted to Brigadier General on July 8, 1863, and briefly assumed command of the Shenandoah Valley District. During the Chickamauga Campaign he set up headquarters at Dublin Depot, Virginia, and from here went on a diversionary mission against Union targets in East Tennessee. As part of Major General Robert Ransom's division, attached to Lieutenant General James Longstreet's I Corps for the Knoxville Campaign, he led Wharton's Brigade of Sharpshooters, made up of the 30th, 45th, and 51st Virginia Infantry regiments. Returning once again to southwest Virginia in the Spring of 1864, he fought with Major General John Breckinridge and helped to defeat Union forces led by Franz Sigel at the Battle of New Market. He joined General Robert E. Lee at Cold Harbor, and was part of the relief force that arrived in time to save Lynchburg. He immediately returned back to the Shenandoah Valley, where he pursued the forces of Union Major General David Hunter. He advanced into Maryland with Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early, seeing action at Monocacy and on the outskirts of Washington D.C. He was given divisional command and helped Early, in autumn 1864, oppose Union Major General Philip H. Sheridan at Winchester, Cedar Creek, and Fisher's Hill. He was with Early once more at Waynesboro on March 2, 1865, where he saw his command and division disintegrate. He was paroled on June 21, 1865, at Lynchburg. After the war, he returned to civil and mine engineering and helped develop Virginia mines. Later he served in the Virginia state house from 1871 to 1874 and once again from 1897 to 1898. He then retired from public life dying at his home in Radford, Virginia.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Gabriel Colvin Wharton (23 Jul 1824–12 May 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11107, citing Radford Family Cemetery, Radford City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .