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Gen John Smith Preston

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Gen John Smith Preston

  • Birth 20 Apr 1809 Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 1 May 1881 Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 9085

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Born in Abington, Virginia, he was an ardent secessionist in favor of Virginia withdrawing from the Union at the start of the Civil War. He joined the Confederate Army, was appointed Lieutenant Colonel attached to the staff of General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard and fought at the Battle of the First Manassas. He was then assigned as an Assistant Adjutant General in South Carolina where he supervised the prison camp in Columbia, performed recruiting duties and was promoted Colonel in April 1863. In July 1863, he was assigned as superintendent of the Bureau of Conscription for the Confederate Government and promoted Brigadier General in June 1864. He held the position until Confederate Government ceased to exist in May 1865, then he fled to England where he remained until 1868.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Added: 9 Apr 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9085
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gen John Smith Preston (20 Apr 1809–1 May 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9085, citing Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Cemetery, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .