Charles William Field

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Charles William Field was born at "Airy Mount," Woodford County, Kentucky, April 6, 1828, and was graduated from West Point in the class of 1849. After resigning his United States commission in May 1861, he was first appointed colonel of the 6th Virginia Cavalry. He was later commissioned brigadier general to rank from March 9, 1862 and transferred to the infantry. His brigade was in the Seven Days battles, at Cedar Mountain, and in the engagement of Second Manassas, where Field received a desperate wound. During his long convalescence, he served for a time as superintendent of the Bureau of Conscription in Richmond. On February 12, 1864 he was promoted major general and assigned to the command of General Hood's old division of the 1st Corps. This he led with marked distinction through the remaining campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia, and was finally paroled at Appomattox Court House. General Field had a varied post-bellum career. He engaged in business for a time, was in the service of the Khedive of Egypt, was doorkeeper of the national House of Representatives, was a civil engineer in government employ, and was superintendent of the Hot Springs, Arkansas, reservation. He died in Washington, D.C., on April 9, 1892, and is buried in Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore.

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