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 James Deshler

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James Deshler

  • Birth 18 Feb 1833 Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 20 Sep 1863 Chickamauga, Walker County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, USA
  • Memorial ID 8967

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: 19 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8967
  • 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. 8967, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .