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J.L. Corley

J.L. Corley

Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

James Lawrence Corley

(1829 - 1883)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1850;Class Rank: 40th

Command Billet: Staff Officer

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: Army of Northern Virginia

Before Sharpsburg

After graduating from West Point in July 1850 he was appointed brevet 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry and was sent to Fort Riley, KS. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 6th United States Infantry on 6 May 1851 and First Lieutenant on 3 March 1855. He was on the Utah Expedition and march to California with the regiment. He was at Benicia, CA when war began, and resigned his commission on 4 May 1861.

He was appointed Captain of Infantry, CSA on 7 June 1861 and assigned to General R.S. Garnett's staff. He was promoted to Major and Quartermaster, PACS on 1 August 1861. He was Lieutenant Colonel of the 60th Virginia Infantry 12 October 1861 to 10 March 1862 then appointed Lieutenant Colonel and Chief Quartermaster of the Army of Northern Virginia on 20 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was Chief Quartermaster of the Army on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He remained Chief Quartermaster of the Army of Northern Virginia to the surrender at Appomattox Court House, VA in April 1865.

After the War

He was an insurance agent at Norfolk, VA.

References & notes

His service from Cullum1 (his Cullum #1489) and Krick.2 His picture from Miller.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


10/05/1829 in SC


03/28/1883; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA


1   Cullum, George Washington, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the US Military Academy, 2nd Edition, 3 vols., New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1868-79, Vol. II, pp. 433-434  [AotW citation 29370]

2   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 103  [AotW citation 29371]

3   Miller, Francis Trevelyan, editor in chief, Photographic History of the Civil War, 10 vols., New York: The Review of Reviews Co., 1911-12, Vol. 10, pg. 71  [AotW citation 29372]