Julius Adolph de Lagnel
Julius Adolph de Lagnel, a native of New Jersey, was born near Newark, July 24, 1827, and was commissioned directly into the army as a 2nd lieutenant of artillery in 1847. Promoted 1st lieutenant in 1849, he resigned in 1861 to associate himself with the Confederate cause and was assigned to the staff of General Robert Selden Garnett as chief of artillery. De Lagnel made a gallant defense of the crest of Rich Mountain in July 1861 against a largely superior force of Federals, with a few companies of infantry and a single piece of artillery. Finally overwhelmed by Rosecrans' attack, while fighting his gun alone, he fell badly wounded, but managed to hide himself in a nearby thicket. After recovering in the home of a friendly mountaineer, he was ultimately captured while attempting to make his way to the Confederate lines disguised as a herder. Upon his exchange he was appointed and confirmed as brigadier general to rank from April 15, 1862, but declined the commission. Thereafter he served in the ordnance bureau in Richmond with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and was for a time inspector of arsenals. For many years after the war he engaged in the Pacific steamship service, dying in Washington, D. C, June 3, 1912, a few weeks before his eighty-fifth birthday. He is buried in Alexandria.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.