Cullen Andrews Battle

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Cullen Andrews Battle was born at Powelton, Hancock County, Georgia, June 1, 1829. The family moved to Eufaula (then Irwinton), Alabama, when he was seven. He was educated at the state university, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1852. An accomplished orator, Battle was a Breckinridge Elector in 1860. Soon after secession he became lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Alabama with which he served in the Peninsular campaign and was promoted colonel after Seven Pines. He fought at Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg, and was severely injured by his horse falling with him a few days before Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg on the first day, his regiment fought in Ramseur's brigade, since the other regiments of O'Neal's brigade had been disorganized. He was appointed brigadier general to rank from August 20, 1863. His command lost heavily in the Wilderness and at Spotsylvania. Battle also accompanied Early to the Shenandoah in 1864, and was so badly wounded at Cedar Creek as to be incapacitated for further field service. After the war he resumed his law practice in Tuskegee, Alabama, and was elected to Congress in 1868, but was refused his seat. Removing to New Bern, North Carolina, in 1880, he edited the New Bern Journal, and served as mayor of the city for a time. His death occurred in Greensboro, North Carolina, April 8, 1905; he is buried in Petersburg, Virginia. There is no evidence that he was promoted major general, as stated by some sources.

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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.