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R. D. Lilley

R. D. Lilley

Confederate (CSV)


Robert Doak Lilley

(1836 - 1886)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 25th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted in 1861 as Captain of the "Lee Rifles" from Augusta County, and fought and recruited in Western Virginia. The "Rifles" became Company C of the 25th Virginia infantry, which occupied Rich Mountain and campaigned in Western Virginia and the Valley into early 1862. He and the Regiment were then assigned to the Army of Northern Viginia. He was cited for gallantry at Cedar Mountain and at Second Manassas.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the Regiment as senior officer present at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major in January 1863. He was cited again at Gettysburg (July 1863) and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He was at Mine Run, the Wilderness and Spottsylvania Court House (1864) - afterward promoted Brigadier General and given command of Early's brigade. He was on the Washington raid and fought at Monocacy.

In July 1864 he was seriously wounded and captured near Winchester, losing an arm, but was rescued four days later. In November 1864, he was given command of the reserve forces of the Valley District, where he served for the rest of the War.1

After the War

By 1869 he was financial agent at Washington (later Washington and Lee) College, Lexington, Virginia.

References & notes

Basic biographical data from Warner,2 photograph from Uriguen.3


01/28/1836; Greenville, VA


11/12/1886; Richmond, VA; burial in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, VA


1   Evans, Clement Anselm, editor, Confederate Military History, 12 Volumes, Atlanta: The Confederate Publishing Company, 1899, Vol. III, pp. 627-628  [AotW citation 226]

2   Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders, Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1959, Lilley, RD  [AotW citation 227]

3   Uriguen, Mikel, Photo Gallery (Generals and Brevet Generals), Generals of the Civil War, Published c. 1998, first accessed 01 January 1998, <>, Source page: /sgl/lilley.htm  [AotW citation 228]