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R. Pryor
R. Pryor

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

Roger Atkinson Pryor

(1828 - 1919)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Brigade Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Pryor's Brigade


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Pre-War Profession: Lawyer, newspaper editor, US congressman. In 1861 he accompanied Beauregard at Fort Sumter, then entered the Confederate Congress. He resigned his seat in April 1861 and was appointed Colonel of the 3rd Virginia Regiment, leading them at Williamsburg. In April 1862 he was made BGen., and commanded the 5th (Pryor's) Brigade/Longstreet's Division in the Seven Days and at Second Manassas.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded Pryor's Brigade in Anderson's Division in Longstreet's Command and assumed command of the Division when MGen Anderson was severely wounded coming up to the Sunken Road on the morning of the 17th.

The remainder of the War:
After his Brigade was dismantled due to losses he scouted for Jackson and was captured in November 1864. He was exchanged shortly before Appomattox.

After the War:
Post War Career: Lawyer, newspaperman, and judge.

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