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Charles Edward LightfootRoster ID 381
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1854|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Charles Edward Lightfoot, Class of 1854: Genealogy: Born- April 18, 1834 in Culpeper, Virginia. Father- Francis Thornton Lightfoot of Madison Co. Va.; Mother- Geraldine Fielder. No information about Paternal Grandparents. Maternal Grandfather- William Jackson Fielder; Maternal Grandmother- Sarah Zimmerman of Strassburg, Va. Married, December 5, 1856- Georgie Ann Chapin (b. March 28, 1835), daughter of Charles Chapin of Rockbridge Co. Va. Children- 1- Mrs. J.F. Batchelder [given name unknown] 2- Georgie, who married James Alexander; 3- James Herndon Lightfoot. VMI Record: Entered VMI- Dec. 30, 1850; Graduated July 4, 1854 standing 9 in a class of 14 with rank of First Captain. Civil War Service- Commissioned Captain of Artillery in NC early in 1861; Assigned to Ft. Macon, NC.; Appointed Major of 6th North Carolina Infantry Regiment May 20, 1861; Promoted to Lt. Col. July 11, 1861; Wounded in action at the First Battle of Manassas; Detached to command post of Fredericksburg, Va. and in March 1862 the 5th Ala. Battalion; Elected Col. of 22nd NC March 13, 1862; Wounded in action May 31, 1862 at Seven Pines and captured there; Held at Ft. Delaware, DE; Exchanged Aug. 5, 1862; Defeated for re-election while imprisoned; Appointed Lt. Col. Oct. 7, 1862 and assigned to command artillery battalion in Richmond, Va. defense force. Paroled at Appomattox in 1865. Physical description: 5 ft. 6 inches, dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair. Careers: Teacher; Professor at Culpeper Military Academy; Associate Professor at Bethel Military Academy. Died- July 3, 1887 in Culpeper, Va.|
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