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E. W. Starke

E. W. Starke

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

William Edwin Starke

(1814 - 1862)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Starke's Brigade

Before Sharpsburg

He was a stagecoach operator and cotton broker. In 1861 he was an aide to Gen Garnett in West Virginia. In September 1861 he was appointed Colonel of the 60th Virginia Regiment, and led it at the Seven Days. In August 1862 he was appointed BGen. in command of (unit ? in ) Taliaferro's division, and was wounded at Second Manassas.

On the Campaign

Initially in command of Starke's Brigade in Jackson's Division he relieved BGen J. R. Jones in command of the Division.The onslaught of the Union I Corps' attack early in the morning began to drive his men back. Starke led the counterattack, only to be wounded three times; he died within the hour.

He was one of the 6 General Officers killed or mortally wounded at Sharpsburg.


1814; Brunswick County, VA


09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA