Leroy Augustus Stafford

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Leroy Augustus Stafford was born at "Greenwood," near Cheneyville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, April 13, 1822. Educated in Kentucky and Tennessee, he returned home to become a planter; and in 1845 he was elected sheriff of his parish. He served as a private in the Rapides Volunteers during the Mexican War. After its mustering out he was in the command of Ben McCulloch. At the outbreak of war in 1861 he was one of the most prominent and affluent planters of his region. He aided in recruiting the Stafford Guards, and was elected its captain. The company was mustered into Confederate service as Company B of the 9th Louisiana Infantry, with Stafford as lieutenant colonel. Promoted colonel to succeed Richard Taylor in October 1861, he took part in Jack-son's Valley campaign the following spring, the Seven Days battles, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Harpers Ferry, and Sharpsburg. In October 1862 his regiment was transferred to General Harry Hays' brigade, and fought in that command at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Commissioned brigadier general on October 8, 1863, Stafford was assigned to the command of the 2nd Louisiana Brigade, Stonewall Division, and led it at Mine Run. On the first day of the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864, he was mortally wounded while "leading his command with conspicuous valor," to quote from General Lee's report. Three days later he succumbed in the Spottswood Hotel, Richmond, and was first buried in Hollywood Cemetery. His remains were moved in 1866 to "Greenwood," his ancestral home.

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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