William Edwin Starke

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William Edwin Starke, like his younger brother, General Peter B. Starke, was born in Brunswick County, Virginia, in 1814. After operating in early life a stage line with his brothers, he became most successful as a cotton broker in Mobile and New Orleans. He had been living in the latter city for many years when the Civil War broke out. Serving as aide-de-camp to General R. S. Garnett in the disastrous Western Virginia campaign of 1861, in which his chief was killed, he was soon commissioned colonel of the 60th Virginia Infantry. With this command he served for a time under Generals Floyd and Wise. During the battles of the Seven Days his regiment was in Field's brigade of A. P. Hill's division, and his gallant conduct was twice commended. Promoted brigadier general on August 6, 1862, he was present at Second Manassas, and after the wounding of General Taliaferro, commanded the Stonewall Division of Jackson's corps. Thereafter he accompanied Jackson in the Maryland campaign and took part in the capture of Harpers Ferry. He arrived at Sharpsburg a day early, on September 16, 1862. Here he was again in command of Jackson's old division following the retirement from the field of General J. R. Jones. Starke was struck three times, early on the 17th, and survived for only about an hour. His remains were conveyed to Richmond, where he now 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.

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