Tuesday, May 24, 2016

John Echols.

John Echols.

Birth: Mar. 20, 1823.
Death: May 24, 1896.

Wife's: Mary Helen Cochran Echols (1834 - 1922), Mary Jane Caperton Echols (1823 - 1874).

Children: Harriette Echols Miller (1847 - 1899), Edward Echols (1849 - 1914), James Alexander Echols (1851 - 1852), Sarah Ann Echols (1854 - 1856),John Percy Echols (1861 - 1881),Mary Caperton Echols (1867 - 1868).

Burial: Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Staunton City, Virginia.

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. When Virginia seceded from the Union, he was a Virginia State Legislator attorney and was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 27th Virginia. He led his regiment in the First Battle of Bull Run and was in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. In April 1862, he was commissioned a Brigadier General commander of the Army of Southwest Virginia. In June 1863, he served on the court of inquiry to examine the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi and led his brigade in the battle at Cold Harbor, November 1863. He took command of the Department of Western Virginia in 1864 and served until he surrendered his corps in Augusta, Georgia at the war‘s end. After the war, he opened a legal practice and was involved in banking and railroads.

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