Robert Doak Lilley

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Robert Doak Lilley was born near Greenville, Augusta County, Virginia, on January 28, 1836. He was educated at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University). Prior to the Civil War he was engaged in selling surveying instruments invented by his father. He was in Charleston at the time of the bombardment of Fort Sumter; returning to Virginia, he recruited the Augusta Lee Guards, which saw service in the Western Virginia campaign of 1861 as one of the companies of the 25th Virginia. This regiment was a part of Early's brigade of Ewell's division in 1862, and with it Lilley was present at Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, and Sharpsburg. He was promoted major in January 1863, and lieutenant colonel after Gettysburg. Following the opening battles of the 1864 campaign he was commissioned brigadier general from May 31, 1864, and assigned to the command of Early's old brigade of the 2nd Corps. He was wounded three times and captured in a reconnaissance near Winchester in July 1864; his arm was amputated, and he was left in Winchester by the Federals. Subsequently he recovered sufficiently to command the reserve forces in the Shenandoah during the closing days of the war. The greater part of his post-bellum career was spent as financial agent for his alma mater, for whose endowment he raised substantial sums; he was also a member of the Presbyterian Synod of Virginia. He died in Richmond on November 12, 1886, while attending a meeting of the Synod, and was buried in Staunton.

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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