Lunsford Lindsay Lomax

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Lunsford Lindsay Lomax, of an old Virginia family, was born at Newport, Rhode Island, November 4, 1835. At the time his father was stationed there as a captain of the 3rd U. S. Artillery. Lomax was educated in the schools of Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia, and was graduated from West Point in the class of 1856. After routine frontier duty in the cavalry, he tendered his resignation on April 25, 1861, and soon received a captain's commission in the state forces of Virginia. Until 1863 he served on the staffs of Generals Ben McCulloch, J. E. Johnston, and Van Dorn, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. After acting as inspector general of the Army of West Tennessee, he was transferred to the eastern theatre and commissioned colonel of the 11th Virginia Cavalry. He served in the Gettysburg campaign, and was promoted brigadier general to rank from July 23, 1863. He participated in the Overland campaign of 1864, in which his brigade was part of the division of Fitzhugh Lee. Appointed major general on August 10, 1864, he commanded Early's cavalry in the Shenandoah, participating in the battles of Winchester and Cedar Creek, and on March 29, 1865, was placed in command of the Valley District. Lomax surrendered his division at Greensboro, North Carolina, and became a farmer near Warren ton, Virginia, where he remained until elected to the presidency of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1885. He resigned this position in 1899, and spent the next six years aiding in the compilation of the Official Records. Afterwards he was appointed a commissioner of the Gettysburg National Military Park. General Lomax died at Washington, May 28, 1913-the last but one of the surviving major generals of the Confederacy—and was buried in Warrenton, Virginia.

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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