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R. S. Ripley
R. S. Ripley

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

Roswell Sabine Ripley

(1823 - 1887)
Home State: South Carolina
Command Billet: Brigade Commander
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: Ripley's Brigade

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Born in Ohio, he moved with his family to New York at about age 5, and was appointed to the USMA at age 16. After graduating from West Point, he served on garrison artillery and instructor duty to 1847. Served with distinction (3 brevets) in Mexican War. On Seminole campaign of 1859 - 50, and again in garrison until he resigned his commission in 1853.

Subsequent to leaving army service, he settled in South Carolina, where he was a businessman and also active in the state militia.

He was named Major of South Carolina ordnance in 1860. As a Lt Colonel, he commanded the reconditioned forts, Moultrie and Sumter. In 1861, he was appointed Brigadier General, C.S.A. After serving with Pemberton in South Carolina, he was appointed a brigade commander in the Army of Northern Virginia.

In the Antietam Campaign:
In command of Ripley's Brigade of D. H. Hill's Division in Jackson's Command. He was wounded in the throat at Sharpsburg.

The remainder of the War:
Because of his wound, he returned to South Carolina as commander of the 1st Artillery District. After the fall of Charleston, in 1864, Ripley joined the Army of the West at Bentonville. After Bentonville, he left the United States for Britain where he stayed for about 20 years.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Biographic basics from Warner1 and his gravesite online via Findagrave.

Birth Date: 3/14/1823    Place of Birth: Worthington, OH    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1843    Class Rank: 7
Death Date: 3/23/1887    Death Place: New York City, NY    Burial Place: Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC


1   Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders, Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1959, p. 257  [AotW citation 1129]

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