Eppa Hunton was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, September 22, 1822. He received his education at New Baltimore Academy. He taught school for three years; then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1843. After settling in Prince William County, he became prominent as colonel and brigadier general of Virginia militia, and as commonwealth's attorney of his county. Hunton was also a member of the secession convention in 1861, and soon took the field as colonel of the 8th Virginia Infantry. Warmly commended for his performance at the battle of First Manassas, he led his regiment in most of the important campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia. His promotion to brigadier, to rank from August 9, 1863, had been delayed, largely because of his ill health. He was also wounded at Gettysburg. In March 1865 he attempted gallantly to stave off disaster at Five Forks, and was finally taken prisoner at Sayler's Creek. After his release from Fort Warren, General Hunton resumed his law practice at Warrenton, Virginia. He served in the national House of Representatives from 1873 to 1881, and in the Senate from 1892 to 1895. He was the only Southern member of the famed electoral commission of 1877, which decided the disputed Hayes-Tilden Presidential election. Following his retirement from the Senate, he again resided in Warrenton until his death at Richmond, October 11, 1908. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.