(c. 1841 - 1872)
Home State: Virginia
Education: William & Mary College
Branch of Service: Staff
Unit: McLaws' Division
From a prominent Virginia family, he was a student at William & Mary College from 1858 to the start of the war. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Provisional Army of Virginia (soon to the Confederate States Army) to date from 30 May 1861, and was assigned as aide-de-camp to Brigadier General McLaws later that year. He was probably promoted to First Lieutenant on 23 May 1862.
On the Campaign
He was on the Maryland Campaign on General McLaws' staff. After Sharpsburg the General reported:
To Captain King and Lieutenant Tucker, aides-de-camp ... I am indebted for their zeal and activity; their gallantry was conspicuous in the performance of their duties.
The rest of the War
He was "badly wounded" in the leg at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862, and spent months in Richmond and Lynchburg recovering. He retired to the Invalid Corps on 2 July 1864 and later served in the Conscript Bureau in Richmond to the end of the war.
After the War
He returned to William & Mary to complete his studies from 1865-66, but died in 1872, age 31, probably from complications from his Fredericksburg wound.
References & notes
Basic service from Staff Officers 1 and an announcement in the Richmond Enquirer of 2 July 1861. His Fredericksburg wound from General McLaws' Report for Fredricksburg of 30 December 1862, in the ORs.2 Personal details from Sean Michael Heuvel's University of Richmond masters thesis The Civil War experiences of William and Mary students, faculty, and alumni (2006) and A Provisional List of Alumni ... (1941, PDF).
More on the Web
His wartime letters are in the Special Collections, Swem Library at William & Mary.
1 US War Department, List of Staff Officers of the Confederate States Army, 1861-1865, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1891, pg. 167 [AotW citation 21288]
2 US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, Series 1, Vol. 21, pg. 582 [AotW citation 21289]