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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Walthall, Edward Cary 1831-1898 (search)
Walthall, Edward Cary 1831-1898 Legislator; born in Richmond, Va., April 4, 1831; admitted to the bar in 1852 and began practice in Coffeeville, Miss.; elected attorney of the tenth Mississippi judicial district in 1856 and 1859; joined the Confederate army as lieutenant in the 15th Mississippi Infantry in 1861; promoted brigadiergeneral in December, 1862, and majorgeneral in 1864; distinguished himself in the battle of Missionary Ridge and in the action at Nashville, where he covered the retreat of Gen. John B. Hood and prevented the capture of his army by Gen. George H. Thomas. He resumed law practice in Grenada, Miss., in 1871; was United States Senator in 1885-98, with exception of the period from January, 1894, to March, 1895. He died in Washington, D. C., April 21, 1898.