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 Raleigh Edward Colston

Raleigh Edward Colston

Birth
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death 29 Jul 1896 (aged 70)
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 9860 · View Source
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Professor French & Military Science Virginia Military Institute, Brigadier General Confederate States Army, Colonel Egyptian Army. He was born in Paris, France, coming to the United States in 1842. The adopted son of a Virginia physician, he entered the Virginia Military Institute, graduating 4 years later. He then joined the faculty of his alma mater as a professor of French and Military Science, remaining there until 1861. When the war began, he was appointed Colonel of the 16th Virginia. On December 24, 1861, he received promotion to Brigadier General and command of a brigade of 3 regiments. During the Peninsula Campaign he served in Major General James Longstreet's command. For his service at Williamsburg, he received a mild commendation in the reports, but for his disputed role at Seven Pines, he was mildly rebuked. After Seven Pines he was stricken with a long and obscure illness, leaving the army until December. In Spring 1863 Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson chose his old VMI colleague to command Brigadier General William B. Taliaferro's brigade. He was the senior Brigadier of the Stonewall Division and, when its commander, Major General Isaac Trimble, could not return to command because of a crippling wound, he assumed command divisional leadership. With limited combat experience, and having been with the division less than a month, he led it at Chancellorsville. Because of his performance there, he was relieved of his command on May 20, 1863. Assigned to General P.G.T. Beauregard at Petersburg, Virginia, he served under him during the operations there in 1864. At the end of the war, he was commanding Confederate forces at Lynchburg. After the war, he joined the Egyptian army as a Colonel. Badly crippled in a fall from a camel, he returned to the United States in 1879. He died impoverished in the Confederate Soldiers' Home in Richmond, Virginia.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raleigh Edward Colston (31 Oct 1825–29 Jul 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9860, citing Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .