Collett Leventhorpe, the English Confederate: The Life of a Civil War General, 1815-1889

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McFarland, Aug 23, 2014 - History - 300 pages
This is the story of Collett Leventhorpe (1815-1889), an Englishman and former captain in the 14th Regiment of Foot. Leventhorpe came to North Carolina about 1843, settled there, and later served the Confederacy as a colonel in the 34th and 11th N.C. and brigadier general commanding the Home Guard in eastern North Carolina. Though he trained as a physician at the College of Charleston in the late 1840s, he never practiced and was a restless man, endlessly in search of fortune--before the war in the gold fields of North Carolina and Georgia, and after it in the pursuit of lost estates, art treasures and inventions. But he excelled first and foremost as a Confederate soldier. As a field commander he was never defeated in battle, and his record was marred only by his own rejection of a much deserved but very late promotion to CSA brigadier. He lies buried in the beautiful Happy Valley section of Caldwell County.

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English Roots Ancestry Youth and the 14th Foot ca 16001842
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To America Rutherfordton and the Quest for Eldorado 18431861
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The Best Drilled Regiment 18611862
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Pettigrew Pennsylvania and Prison 18631864
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In the Service of His State 18641865
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PostBellum Years Wanderings Reconstruction Politics and the Seeker of Fortunes 18651889
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Epilog A Confederate Heros Day May 11 1896
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Appendix I The Leventhorpes of East London
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Appendix III Regimental Orders for Changes in the Cape Fear District Command September 1862
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Appendix IV Personal Effects of Four Men Killed at the Battle of White Hall December 16 1862
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Appendix V Poems by General Leventhorpe
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Appendix VI General Collett Leventhorpe an Address by Col Edmund Jones Raleigh May 11 1896
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Chapter Notes
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Bibliography
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Index
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Appendix II Some CourtsMartial During Col Leventhorpes Command of the 11th NC
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Page viii - I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill ; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

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J. Timothy Cole is a librarian at Greensboro Public Library and an archivist at Guilford College. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Bradley R. Foley is a librarian at Randolph County Public Library and is editor of The Guilford Genealogist. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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