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J.A. Early

J.A. Early

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

Jubal Anderson Early

(1816 - 1894)

Home State: Virginia

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1837

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Early's Brigade


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

Graduated from USMA in 1837. Saw service in Seminole and Mexican Wars. Later was a lawyer and politician. In 1861 he was made Col. of (VA) state forces, and in May, Colonel of the 24th Virginia Regiment: he fought it at Blackburn's Ford and First Manassas. In July 1861 made Brigadier General, then commanded Early's Brigade/D H Hill's Division in the Peninsula campaign, and at Williamsburg (where he was wounded); commanded Elzey's Brigade/Ewell's Division at Malvern Hill, Cedar Mountain, and Second Manassas.

On the Campaign

In command of Early's (Elzey's) Brigade/Ewell's Division in Jackson's Command and then relieved the wounded Brigadier General Alexander R. Lawton in command of the Division.

The rest of the War

He commanded Ewell's Divn/II Corps at Fredericksburg, and in January 1863 was promoted to Major General; fought at Chancellorsville, then commanded Early's Division/II Corps at Gettysburg and the Wilderness. In May 1864 he was again promoted, to LGen., and led his Division at the battles of Cold Harbor and Monocacy. During his 1864 raid into the North (which was met at the battle of Monocacy) he burned Chambersburg, PA. He then saw action at Fisher's Hill, Winchester, Cedar Creek, and Waynesborough.

After the War

Fled to Mexico later returned and practiced law, wrote memoirs, and was a lottery supervisor.

References & notes

His picture from a photograph at the Library of Congress. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


11/03/1816; Franklin County, VA


03/02/1994; Lynchburg, VA; burial in Spring Hill Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA