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Col. O. M. Roberts, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 12.1, Alabama (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 1 1 Browse Search
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t the South Carolina college, was admitted to the bar in 1840, and practiced law in Camden for several years. At the commencement of the war with Mexico he responded to the call of his country, and was an officer in the celebrated Palmetto regiment of South Carolina. He won distinction in the battles of that regiment in Mexico, and was wounded in one of them. The year after the return of peace (1849) he settled in Russell county, Ala., and became a planter. He married a daughter of Col. Lemuel Benton, of that county. He led this quiet life until the war of 1861-65 called the sons of the South to arms. He was one of the true men of that day, who, without stopping to count the cost, laid their all upon the altar of country. In 1861 he was elected colonel of the Fifteenth Alabama, and went with it to Virginia. He served in the Shenandoah valley, under Stonewall Jackson, and was engaged in the battles around Richmond, shortly after which he was transferred to the Western army and s