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Raleigh E. Colston, VMI Class of 1846
|General Raleigh E. Colston
- Early Life
Raleigh Edward Colston, b. Paris, France on October
31, 1825. Adopted son of Dr. Raleigh Edward Colston (1796-1881) and his wife Maria Theresa, Duchess of Valmey (ca. 1775-1845).
The young Colston was sent to the United States in 1842, in care of his uncle Edward Colston of Berkeley Co. [West] Virginia,
to complete his education.
- VMI record
Entered VMI on July 8, 1843; was graduated on July
4, 1846, standing 4th in a class of 14.
Louise Meriwether Bowyer of "Thorn Hill," Rockbridge
Co., Virginia. Two daughters: Mary Frances and Louise Elizabeth.
- Pre-Civil War
Professor of French at VMI from 1846 until outbreak
of war. In November 1859, he accompanied a contingent of VMI cadets assigned
to guard duty at the execution of abolitionist John Brown.
- Civil War
Commissioned Col. 16th Virginia Infantry Regiment; appointed
Brigadier General in December 1861and led brigade under Longstreet in the Peninsula; given brigade under Jackson in April
1863 and commanded a division at Chancellorsville; served under Beauregard in defense of Petersburg in 1864; in command at Lynchburg at end of war.
Established military school in North Carolina; Colonel
Egyptian army, 1873-1879; War Dept. clerk, 1882-1894; died July 29, 1896, at Soldiers' Home, Richmond, VA; buried Hollywood
Raleigh E. Colston's Obituary as it appeared in the July 30, 1896, New York Times:
Gen. Raleigh Colston died at Lee Camp Soldiers' Home, Richmond. Va., aged 71 years, yesterday. He was a
professor at the Virginia Military Institute at the breaking out of the war, entered the Confederate service, and was in command
of the Department of Lynchburg when the war ended. For some years after the war, he was in the service of the Khedive of Egypt,
and made an expedition into the Soudan afterward. Until incapacitated for work, he held a department position in Washington.
Credits: Virginia Military Institute; New York Times
Recommended Reading: Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command
(912 pages). Description: Hailed as one of the greatest
Civil War books, this exhaustive study is an abridgement of the original three-volume version. It is a history of
the Army of Northern Virginia from the first shot fired to the surrender at Appomattox - but what makes this book unique is that it
incorporates a series of biographies of more than 150 Confederate officers. The book discusses in depth all the tradeoffs
that were being made politically and militarily by the South. Continued below.
The book does
an excellent job describing the battles, then at a critical decision point in the battle, the book focuses on an officer -
the book stops and tells the biography of that person, and then goes back to the battle and tells what information the officer
had at that point and the decision he made. At the end of the battle, the officers decisions are critiqued based on what he
"could have known and what he should have known" given his experience, and that is compared with 20/20 hindsight. "It is an
incredibly well written book!"
Generals in Gray Lives of the Confederate Commanders. Description: When Generals in Gray was published in 1959, scholars
and critics immediately hailed it as one of the few indispensable books on the American Civil War. Historian Stanley Horn,
for example, wrote, "It is difficult for a reviewer to restrain his enthusiasm in recommending a monumental book of this high
quality and value." Here at last is the paperback edition of Ezra J. Warner’s magnum opus with its concise, detailed
biographical sketches and—in an amazing feat of research—photographs of all 425 Confederate generals. Continued
The only exhaustive guide to the South’s command,
Generals in Gray belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the Civil War. RATED 5 STARS!
Recommended Reading: Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, Volume 6 (Battles & Leaders of the Civil War) (632 pages) (University of Illinois Press). Description: Sifting carefully
through reports from newspapers, magazines, personal memoirs, and letters, Peter Cozzens' Volume 6 brings readers more of
the best first-person accounts of marches, encampments, skirmishes, and full-blown battles, as seen by participants on both
sides of the conflict. Continued below.
experiences of lower-ranking officers and enlisted men are accounts from key personalities including General John Gibbon,
General John C. Lee, and seven prominent generals from both sides offering views on "why the Confederacy failed." This volume
includes one hundred and twenty illustrations, including sixteen previously uncollected maps of battlefields, troop movements,
Recommended Reading: Confederates
in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War. Description: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz returned from years of traipsing through war zones as
a foreign correspondent only to find that his childhood obsession with the Civil War had caught up with him. Near his house
in Virginia, he happened to encounter people who reenact
the Civil War--men who dress up in period costumes and live as Johnny Rebs and Billy Yanks. Intrigued, he wound up having
some odd adventures with the "hardcores," the fellows who try to immerse themselves in the war, hoping to get what they lovingly
term a "period rush." Horwitz spent two years reporting on why Americans are still so obsessed with the war, and the ways
in which it resonates today. Continued below.
In the course
of his work, he made a sobering side trip to cover a "murder that was provoked by
the display of the Confederate flag," and he spoke to a number of people seeking to honor their ancestors
who fought for the Confederacy. Horwitz has a flair for odd details that spark insights, and Confederates in the Attic
is a thoughtful and entertaining book that does much to explain America's continuing obsession with
the Civil War.
Recommended Reading: The Life of
Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy (444 pages) (Louisiana State University Press) (Updated
edition: November 2007) Description: The Life of Johnny Reb does not merely describe the battles and skirmishes fought by
the Confederate foot soldier. Rather, it provides an intimate history of a soldier's daily life--the songs he sang, the foods
he ate, the hopes and fears he experienced, the reasons he fought. Wiley examined countless letters, diaries, newspaper accounts,
and official records to construct this frequently poignant, sometimes humorous account of the life of Johnny Reb. In a new
foreword for this updated edition, Civil War expert James I. Robertson, Jr., explores the exemplary career of Bell Irvin Wiley,
who championed the common folk, whom he saw as ensnared in the great conflict of the 1860s. Continued below.
"A Civil War
classic."--Florida Historical Quarterly
deserves to be on the shelf of every Civil War modeler and enthusiast."--Model Retailer
painted with skill a picture of the life of the Confederate private. . . . It is a picture that is not only by far the most
complete we have ever had but perhaps the best of its kind we ever shall have."--Saturday Review of Literature