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Brockenbrough, John Bowyer



John Bowyer Brockenbrough was born in Lexington, Virginia on March 6, 1836. He had attended Washington College and graduated from the University of Virginia and the Washington College Law School. He then practiced law in Lexington. He was an organizer of the Confederate States of America's Rockbridge Artillery at the beginning of the American Civil War. While serving with that battery in August 1861, he was wounded and resigned. In 1862 he was elected Captain of the 2nd Maryland (CSA) Artillery. He was wounded at Fredericksburg in December 1862. He was promoted to Major in 1863 and retired in 1864.

After the war, he practiced law in Lynchburg, Virginia, until 1886, when he was appointed special agent for the Department of the Interior by President Cleveland. He moved to Baltimore in 1900. He died on November 17, 1901.

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William Poindexter Moore, Jr. Collection

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0026
Scope and Contents This collection contains 20 letters dated 1791-1913. A letter by John Bowyer Brockenbrough written during the American Civil War details living conditions, foraging expeditions, and the Battle of Fredericksburg. A later letter discuss activities held at Washington and Lee University honoring his father John Brockenbrough. Other highlights include letters to and from Andrew Moore, a typescript of a personal reminiscence on the American Civil War General Samuel McDowell Moore, a copy of the...
Dates: Inclusive 1791-1913