CDV OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL RALEIGH E. COLSTON

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Carte de visite photograph of Colston in uniform. Bust view wearing double-breasted frock with collar insignia visible. Image is clear with very good contrast. Pencil name on front and period ink identification on back. No photographer's backmark.

Raleigh Edward Colston (October 1, 1825 – July 29, 1896) was a French-born American professor, soldier, cartographer, and writer. He was a controversial brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.

Colston was born in Paris, coming to the United States in 1842. The adopted son of a Virginia physician, he attended the Virginia Military Institute. He then joined the faculty of his alma mater as a professor of French and Military Science, remaining there until 1861. When the Civil 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. During the Peninsula Campaign he served in Major General James Longstreet's command. 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. Due to his poor performance at Chancellorsville, 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. He was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.  [jet]  [ph:L]

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