James Henry Lane

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James Henry Lane was born at Mathews Court House, Virginia, July 28, 1833. He was graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1854, and from the University of Virginia three years later. He then returned to the Institute to become assistant professor in mathematics and tactics. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was professor of natural philosophy and instructor in military tactics at North Carolina Military Institute. He was elected major of the 1st North Carolina Volunteers, whose participation in the battle of Bethel on June 10, 1861 earned it the title of the "Bethel Regiment." When the volunteers had been reorganized into regiments for the war, Lane was made colonel of the 28th North Carolina. He served throughout with the Army of Northern Virginia and was three times wounded. His promotion to brigadier dates from November 1, 1862. Lane's 28th North Carolina formed the rear guard of the army in the retreat from Sharpsburg. At Gettysburg his brigade took part both in the first day's fighting and—as a part of Trimble's division—in Pickett's charge on the third day. Its casualties were almost fifty per cent in killed and wounded. After the surrender at Appomattox General Lane returned to civil life to find his parents in want and the family plantation desolated. After seven years as a teacher in private schools in Virginia and North Carolina, he was associated with Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the Missouri School of Mines, and for the last twenty-six years of his life with Alabama Polytechnic Institute, as professor of civil engineering. He died at Auburn, Alabama, on September 21, 1907, and is buried there.

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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