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H.C. Cabell

H.C. Cabell

Confederate (CSA)


Henry Coalter Cabell

(1820 - 1889)

Home State: Virginia

Education: University of Virginia (1839), UVa Law, Class of 1842

Command Billet: Division Chief of Artillery

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: McLaws' Division Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

The son of former Virginia Governor (1805-08) William H. Cabell, by 1860 he was a very prosperous 40 year old lawyer in Richmond, VA. He was Captain of the Richmond Fayette Artillery when they mustered for war service in Richmond on 25 April 1861. In September 1861 his battery was combined with 9 others to form the First Virginia Artillery regiment; Major George Wythe Randolph (Richmond Howitzers) was appointed Colonel, Captain Henry Coalter Cabell Lieutenant Colonel (to date from 12 September), and Captain J. Thompson Brown (2nd Company, Richmond Howitzers) Major. Cabell was promoted to Colonel, PACS on 4 July 1862. He was Chief of Artillery to General Magruder on the Peninsula then assigned to General McLaws later in July.

On the Campaign

General McLaws, in his official report, said:

Col. Henry Coalter Cabell, chief of artillery, who had been absent, sick, joined me on the field [at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862], and remained during the rest of the engagement.
He relieved Major S. P. Hamilton, who had been acting Chief of Artillery to General McLaws for the earlier part of the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He continued in command of General McLaws' Artillery battalion at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg (where he was slightly wounded), the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Appomattox. He was recommended for promotion to Brigadier General of Artillery on 30 March 1865, but was not appointed before the end of the war. He was paroled at Richmond, VA on 8 May 1865 and took an amnesty oath there on 26 July 1865.

After the War

He returned to his practice in Richmond, VA and was also a director of the Central Virginia Railroad, Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, and James River Canal Company.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860 and 1880, and Alexander Brown's The Cabells and Their Kin (1895), online from the Internet Archive, source also of his picture. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married wealthy Jane Charity Alston (1827-1884) in May 1850 and they had 5 sons and a daughter.


02/14/1820; Richmond, VA


01/31/1889; Richmond, VA; burial in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29558]