Maj Joseph White Latimer

Maj Joseph White Latimer

Birth
Prince William County, Virginia, USA
Death 1 Aug 1863 (aged 19)
Harrisonburg City, Virginia, USA
Burial Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 8692259 · View Source
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"The Boy Major." Distingushed Confederate artillery battalion commander with the Army of Northern Virginia. Born in Prince William County, VA; educated at VMI. Chief of Artillery to General Early at Fredericksburg. Mortally wounded at Gettysburg commanding his artillery batteries on Benner's Hill in the barrage of Cemetery and Culp's Hills. Latimer requested that his guns be withdrawn; as D.S. Freeman notes "Such an admission by so stubborn a fighter did not have to be verified." Latimer was mortally wounded withdrawing the final gun off the hill. His right arm had to be amputated. He died in Harrisonburg, VA. Latimer was a mere 19 when he died. For more info, see Jorgensen, Jay. "Joseph W Latimer, The Boy Major, at Gettysburg" in Gettysburg Magazine. Morningside. January 1994, pp 28-35.


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  • Added: 27 Apr 2004
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Joseph White Latimer (27 Aug 1843–1 Aug 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8692259, citing Woodbine Cemetery, Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by aphillcsa (contributor 46613068) .