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Confederate (CSV)

Colonel

Samuel Houston Letcher

(1828 - 1868)

Home State: Virginia

Education: Washington College (Lexington - Law), Class of 1850

Command Billet: Regimental Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 58th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a lawyer and newspaper editor in Lexington. He enlisted in the Rockbridge Rifles, Company H, 27th Virginia Infantry in Lexington 18 April 1861, and was elected Captain. The Rifles had been organized after the John Brown raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. It was assigned to the 5th Virginia Infantry at the organization of the Stonewall Brigade at Harpers Ferry. The company transferred to the 4th Virginia and fought at First Manassas. It was then assigned as Company "H" in the 27th Virginia Regiment. 1

Letcher continued with the 27th until promoted Lieutenant Colonel of the 58th Virginia Infantry 31 October 1861. He was promoted Colonel of the 58th on 1 May 1862.2

On the Campaign

He was relieved in command, probably due to illness, by Major Kasey before the unit crossed into Maryland in September 1862.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 30 October 1862, and returned to his career as a newspaper editor until his death.2

References & notes

He was grandson of Sam Houston, of Texas, and his brother John was a US Congressman (1851-59) and Governor of Virginia (1860-64).

Birth

2/23/1828 in VA

Death

11/11/1868 Lexington, VA; burial in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, Lexington, VA

Notes

1   United Confederate Veterans, Lee-Jackson Camp, and J.P. Moore, J. Scott Moore, W.T. Poague, oversight committee, Muster Rolls of Confederate Units Organized in Rockbridge County (Va), Lexington (Va): Rockbridge County Court, 1903, pp. 45-49, 51  [AotW citation 387]

2   Driver, Robert J. Jr., 58th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg (Va): H. E. Howard, Inc., 1990, pp. 1, 117  [AotW citation 388]