Bryan Grimes

Brigadier General

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

Headstones: Find-a-Grave

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Bryan Grimes was born at "Grimesland," Pitt County, North Carolina, November 2, 1828. Upon graduation from the University of North Carolina in 1848, he engaged in planting, traveled in Europe, and was a member of the state secession convention in 1861. Entering Confederate service as major of the 4th North Carolina, Grimes had a notable career in the Army of Northern Virginia, and was distinguished for his leadership under the most trying conditions. Except when disabled by wounds or illness, he took part in all the battles of the army. After his election as colonel in 1862, he was promoted brigadier general to rank from May 19, 1864, and major general from February 15, 1865—the last such appointment made in Lee's army. A furious fighter, his escapes from death were  legendary,  and  he commanded one of the last attacks at Appomattox on the morning of the surrender. General Grimes then returned to his North Carolina plantation, where he resided for fifteen years. On the evening of August 14, 1880, he was almost instantly killed from ambush by one William Parker, a hired assassin, whose employers Grimes had been endeavoring to expel from the country as undesirable citizens. He is buried at "Grimesland."

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.