Raleigh Edward Colston

Brigadier General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

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Raleigh Edward Colston, by birth a Frenchman, and the adopted son of a Virginia physician sojourning in France, was born in Paris, October 31, 1825. In 1842 he was sent to the United States and entered the Virginia Military Institute, from which he was graduated four years later. He remained at the Institute as professor of French until 1861, when he was appointed colonel of the 16th Virginia Infantry. Promoted brigadier general on December 24, 1861, Colston commanded a brigade in the Peninsular campaign and in April 1863 was assigned a brigade in Stonewall Jackson's corps. After the battle of Chancellorsville, in which he commanded Trimble's Division, not altogether successfully, he was transferred from the Army of Northern Virginia. He then served under General Beauregard in the defense of Petersburg, and subsequently at Lynchburg. Following the war he conducted a military school in North Carolina; then accepted a colonelcy in the Egyptian army. Returning to the United States in 1879, he was soon reduced to poverty by the loss of his savings, and, crippled by injuries sustained in the service of the Khedive, he spent the last two years of his life in the Confederate Soldiers' Home in Richmond, where he died, July 29, 1896, and where he lies buried in Hollywood Cemetery.

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