Collett Leventhorpe, an Englishman, was born at Exmouth, Devonshire, May 15, 1815. He received an appointment to Her Majesty's 14th Regiment of Foot and put in a number of years of colonial duty with this regiment. Later he emigrated to the United States and married into a prominent North Carolina family. At the outbreak of the Civil War he offered his services to his adopted state and was elected colonel of the 34th North Carolina, and in 1862, of the 11th, which prior to its reorganization had been the Bethel Regiment of D. H. Hill. Leventhorpe was mainly on duty in North Carolina, where he participated with great credit in a number of local engagements. In 1863 his regiment joined the Army of Northern Virginia and took part in the battle of Gettysburg in Pettigrew's brigade of Heth's division. On the first day he was badly wounded and during the retreat from Pennsylvania fell into the hands of the enemy; he was not exchanged for some nine months. He then was appointed by Governor Zebulon Vance a brigadier general of state troops, and operated on the Roanoke River and the Weldon railroad until the close of the war. President Davis appointed him a brigadier in the Confederate service on February 18, 1865, and he was duly confirmed by the Senate; however, for reasons not apparent, he declined the appointment on March 6, 1865. Some years after the war he made his home with his wife's sister and her husband at "The Fountain" in the valley of the Yadkin (Wilkes County, N. C), where he died December 1, 1889. He is buried in the Episcopal Cemetery in Happy Valley, near Lenoir, North Carolina.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.