General Raleigh E. Colston
Compiled Military Service Record
Edward Colston (Confederate)
Biographical data and notes:
- Born Oct 25 1825 in Paris, France
- Last known address: VA Confederate Soldiers' Home, Richmond, VA
- Raleigh Edward Colston died
on Jul 29 1896 at Richmond, VA
- He is buried at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
- 35 years
of age at time of enlistment
- Enlisted on May 2 1861 as Colonel
into Field and Staff, 16th Infantry (Virginia) on May 2 1861
due to promotion from 16th Infantry (Virginia) on Dec 24 1861
into General Staff on Dec 24 1861
- Promoted to Brig-Gen (Full, Vol) (date not indicated)
Promoted to Colonel (Full, Vol) (date not indicated) (16th VA Inf)
- Promoted to Brig-Gen (Full, Vol) on Dec 24 1861
- In command on Jul 15 1861 (Estimated day)
- Returned on Dec 15 1861
Sources: General Officers of the Confederate States of America,
Confederate Military History, National Archives
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