Montgomery Dent Corse

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Montgomery Dent Corse was born in Alexandria, Virginia, March 14, 1816. After a career which included service in the Mexican War as a captain of Virginia volunteers and several years' residence in California, he returned to Alexandria in 1856 and established himself in the banking business. An officer of militia in 1861, Corse was soon appointed colonel of the 17th Virginia Infantry, which as a part of Longstreet's and later Kemper's brigade, took part in the battles of First Manassas, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, and the Seven Days. He took a remnant of fifty-six men of his regiment into the fight at Sharpsburg and came out with seven. After this he was promoted brigadier general (November 1, 1862) and given a brigade in Pickett's division. His brigade being on detached duty, was not present at Gettysburg. Thereafter he was in Tennessee, North Carolina, and in the siege of Petersburg and Richmond. During the final retreat after Five Forks, where his brigade had performed magnificently in the face of overwhelming odds, General Corse was one of several general officers captured at the battle of Sayler's Creek on April 6, 1865. Following his release from Fort Warren, he again engaged in the banking business.  During the last years of his life he was totally blind. General Corse died in Alexandria on February 11, 1895 and is buried there in St. Paul's Cemetery.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.