however, was not made out until April 2d.
He led this regiment at Yorktown
, Seven Pines
and the battles around Richmond
At Seven Pines
he had a horse killed under him, and was himself severely injured by a fragment of shell.
During the advance into Maryland
he commanded Rodes
' brigade until two days before the battle of Boonsboro
, when he was relieved and returned to the command of his regiment.
In this battle he received a very painful wound in the thigh.
During the winter he again reported for duty and took command of the brigade.
He led the brigade at Chancellorsville
and Mine Run
, General Rodes
having been put in command of the division.
Early in 1864 his regiment was sent back to Alabama
to recruit, but was not permitted to long remain idle, being ordered to Dalton
and placed in Cantey
being now in charge of the division, Colonel O'Neal
led his brigade through the battles and marches of the Atlanta campaign
until after the removal of General Johnston
Soon after that event Colonel O'Neal
was relieved and during the rest of the war served on detached duty.
A commission of brigadier-general was during this time issued to him, bearing date, June 6, 1863; but on account of the irregularity of the mails, he never received it, though acting in that capacity for the last year and a half of the war. Just four years from the time that he had left Florence
for the war he returned home.
He resumed the practice of law, and also took much interest in political matters.
In 1874 he entered the political fight which resulted in the restoration of the Democratic party to the control of the State
In 1875 he was elected to the constitutional convention, and was chairman of the committee on education.
In 1880 he was an elector on the Hancock
ticket, and in 1882 was elected governor of Alabama
In 1884 he was re-elected.
His administration throughout was highly commended.
Retiring from the highest office in the gift of his State, he