Lewis Henry Little

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Lewis Henry Little, a native of Baltimore, was born March 19, 1817, son of a long-time Maryland Congressman and veteran of the War of 1812. He was commissioned directly into the army in 1839. He was brevetted for gallant and meritorious conduct at the battle of Monterey in the Mexican War, resigning May 7, 1861 to cast his lot with the Confederacy. First commissioned a major of artillery in the regular service, he was soon attached to the staff of General Sterling Price as colonel and assistant adjutant general, and became one of Price's especial favorites. Little distinguished himself at the battle of Elkhorn in command of a brigade, and upon the recommendations of Price and General Earl Van Dorn, was promoted brigadier general on April 16, 1862. Subsequently he was assigned to the command of a division by General Bragg after the evacuation of Corinth. Little's troops fought the battle of Iuka against the forces of Rosecrans, although Price was in chief command. During the engagement, and while he was seated on his horse conversing with Generals Price, Louis Hebert, and Whitfield, a ball from the Federal lines passed under the arm of Price and struck Little in the forehead, killing him instantly. He was buried by torchlight that night, September 19, 1862, in the garden behind his headquarters in Iuka. His remains were later removed to Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore.

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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