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Name:John Echols
Affiliation:Class of 1843
Biography & Genealogy:Genealogy: Born- March 20, 1823 in Lynchburg, Va. Father- Joseph Echols; Mother- Eliza Frances Lambeth. Mat. Grandfather- Meredith Lambeth No other information on grandparents. Married- 1st- Mary Jane Caperton, daughter of Hugh Caperton and Jane Erskine; 2nd- Mary Cochrane Reid, widow of Mr. [first name unknown] Reid. Children- 1- Harriet Echols; 2- John Percy Echols; 3- James Alexander Echols; 4- Sarah Ann Echols; 5- Mary Caperton Echols; 6- Edward Echols (All six children from 1st marriage) VMI Record: Entered VMI- Aug. 15, 1840; Resigned Aug. 14, 1841; Made Honorary Graduate of the Class of 1843 July 2, 1870. Civil War Service: Appointed Lt. Col. Of 27th Virginia Infantry Regiment, May 30, 1861; Promoted to Col. Oct. 14, 1861; Wounded in the shoulder at the first Battle of Kernstown; Promoted to Brig. Gen. Apr. 18, 1862; Commanded 1st Brigade of VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market May 15, 1864. Careers: Lawyer; Banker; Rep. of Augusta Co. in Va. House of Delegates 1877-79 and of Staunton 1879-80; Trustee of Washington College (now Washington & Lee University) 1869-96; In charge of Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern Railroad late 1880's- early 1890's. Died- May 24, 1896 in Staunton, Va. Buried in Thornrose Cemetery.
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