(1828 - 1880)
Home State: North Carolina
Education: U of North Carolina, Class of 1848
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
see his Battle Report
In May he was appointed major of the Fourth NC as it was organized at Garysburg, NC under Col. George B. Anderson. He was promoted Lt Colonel in May 1862 and thereafter commanded his regiment. He was promoted to full Colonel June 19, 1862.
On the Campaign
He says "... on the 5th [of September, 1862], when crossing the Potomac at White's Point, near Edwards' Ferry, I received a very severe hurt from the kick of a horse, which incapacitated me from active duty, not being able to either walk or ride, but had myself carried in an ambulance in anticipation and hopes of a speedy recovery". He had himself mounted on his horse, and led his Regiment at South Mountain.
On September 15 he was transported to Shepherdstown and onward to Winchester "on account of the serious nature of the injury to my leg, as amputation began seriously to be talked of. Here and at camp I remained until in November...".
The rest of the War
After Gen Anderson's mortal wounding, Grimes led the Brigade at Fredericksburg. He was a brigade commander again at Spottsylvania (May 1863) after General Ramseur was wounded. He was promoted to Brigadier General shortly after. He took Ramseur's Division at Cedar Creek (1864) and commanded it until Appomattox. He was made Major General in February 1865.
After the War
After the War he returned to farming his plantation. On August 14, 1880 he was shot by an assassin and almost instantly killed [Source: recent Olde Kinston Gazette news story online ( web page gone 2/2004)].
References & notes
11/2/1828; Pitt County, NC