Peter Burwell Starke

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Peter Burwell Starke, a brother of General William E. Starke, was born in Brunswick County, Virginia, in 1815.As a young man he and his brothers operated a stage line from Lawrenceville to Petersburg via Boydton. He removed to Bolivar County, Mississippi, in the 1840s. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1846, but later served in the lower house of the state legislature from 1850 to 1854, and was a member of the senate from 1856 to 1862. Commissioned colonel of the 28th Mississippi Cavalry on February 24, 1862, he was mainly employed in the defense of Vicksburg until it capitulated. He was attached to the forces of General Joseph E. Johnston toward the close of the campaign. He served in the brigade of General Frank C. Armstrong in the Atlanta campaign, and was promoted brigadier general from November 4, 1864. Thereafter, he was under Forrest in Hood's Tennessee campaign, and in the last months of the war, under General Chalmers in Mississippi. From 1866 to 1872 General Starke was a member of the board of Mississippi levee commissioners; and was also appointed for one term as sheriff of Bolivar County. Since all of the children of his first marriage had died soon after the war, he returned to Virginia in 1873 and settled in his native county near Lawrenceville. He died there on July 13, 1888, and is buried in an unmarked grave on what was formerly the farm of his second wife's family.

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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