The Civil War, Day by Day

Sharpsburg War Council (detail)

Gen. Jubal A. Early, CS, Born

Early fought in the Mexican War and was mustered out of the army in August of 1848. He became a successful lawyer and voted against secession in Virginia at the State Convention in 1861. Early, however, recognized his duty to his native state and was commissioned a colonel of the 24th Virginia infantry.

Early was promoted to brigadier general on August 28, 1861, and after a good performance at Fredericksburg, to major general on April 23, 1862.

On June 12, 1864 Early received his greatest assignment. He saved Lynchburg on June 18 and 19, 1864, cleared the Valley of Federal troops and marched on to threaten Washington, D.C. He eventually suffered crushing defeats from the overwhelming forces of Gen. Philip Sheridan, finally losing the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19. This defeat effectively closed all major operations in the Shenandoah Valley.

Jubal Early died on March 2, 1894 in Lynchburg.

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