William Henry Fitzhugh Payne

Brigadier General

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

William Henry Fitzhugh Payne was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, January 27, 1830. He was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1849, and the following year from the University of Virginia, where he studied law. In 1856 he was elected commonwealth attorney, and was living at Warrenton in 1861. He enlisted as a private, and was present at the occupation of Harpers Ferry in the first days of the war. He had a notable career as a cavalryman in the Army of Northern Virginia, and rose to the rank of brigadier general from November 1, 1864. He was wounded and captured at Williamsburg in May 1862; was again wounded and captured during the Pennsylvania campaign; and being once more wounded at Five Forks in April 1865, was unable to rejoin his command. He was captured a third time near Warrenton on the night of Lincoln's assassination. He spent more than fourteen months on Johnson's Island in the course of his two imprisonments there, and was finally released on May 29, 1865. Resuming his law practice, he was elected to the Virginia house of delegates for one term in 1879. He later moved to Washington, where he became general counsel for the Southern Railway, and where he died, March 29, 1904. General Payne is buried in Warrenton.

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