Isaac Ridgeway Trimble

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Isaac Ridgeway Trimble was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, May 15, 1802. He was graduated from West Point at the age of twenty and served for ten years in the old army as a lieutenant of artillery. He resigned in 1832 to enter the field of railroad development and spent the intervening years of his life, until 1861, as engineer for a succession of Eastern and Southern roads then being constructed. Meantime he identified himself almost completely with the state of Maryland. At the outbreak of war he engaged in the burning of bridges north of Baltimore, so as to prevent the passage of Federal troops to Washington. He went to Virginia in May 1861 and accepted a commission as colonel of engineers in the state forces, and was at first detailed to construct the defenses of Norfolk. On August 9, 1861 he was appointed a brigadier general in the Provisional Army and assigned to the command of a brigade in Ewell's division, which he led with great distinction in the Valley campaign of 1862, the battles of the Seven Days, Cedar Mountain, and during the capture of Manassas Junction by Jackson. Severely wounded a few days later at the battle of Second Manassas, he returned to the army in time to participate in Pickett's charge at Gettysburg, where he lost a leg and was captured. Not exchanged until February 1865, he was unable to rejoin the army prior to its surrender. Trimble was appointed major general to rank from January 17, 1863, and was perhaps Maryland's most distinguished soldier in the War between the States. He survived it many years and made his home in Baltimore, where he died January 2, 1888, in his eighty-sixth year. He is buried there in Green Mount Cemetery.

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

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