(1827 - 1862)
Home State: North Carolina
Education: S Carolina Military Academy (later The Citadel)
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
He graduated in 1846 and stayed as a professor until 1852, when he spent a year in Europe observing military matters. He founded his own successful military academy, at Hillsboro, NC in 1859. When North Carolina seceeded, he and DH Hill were appointed by the Governor to be the Colonels of the 1st and 2nd Regiments of State Troops, respectively.
On the Campaign
The first volley from the Union lines in my front sent a ball through the brain of the chivalric Colonel Tew, of North Carolina, to whom I was talking, and another ball through the calf of my right leg. On the right and the left my men were falling under the death-dealing crossfire like trees in a hurricane...."
More on the Web
See a lovely page about the Colonel and some of his cousins on the Courtenay Family geneology site. This is the source of much of this page's material.
10/17/1827; Charleston, SC
09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in unknown, Sharpsburg, MD