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 James Deshler
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James Deshler

Birth
Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, USA
Death 20 Sep 1863 (aged 30)
Chickamauga, Walker County, Georgia, USA
Cenotaph Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 20140 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Born at Tuscumbia, Alabama, the son of Pennsylvania parents, he was graduated from West Point in the class of 1854. At the Battle of Chickamauga, on September 20, 1863, he was killed instantly struck by a shell in the chest and his heart was literally torn from his body while examining the cartridge boxes of his men preparatory to an assault. When General Robert E. Lee, who had commanded Deshler in western Virginia early in the war, learned he had been killed, he wrote, "There was no braver soldier in the Confederate army than Deshler."

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 6 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20140
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Deshler (18 Feb 1833–20 Sep 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20140, citing Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .