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Civil War Soldiers - Lightburn
|Lightburn, Joseph A. J.,
brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Westmoreland county, Pa.,
Sept. 21, 1824. He received a common school education, removed to West
Virginia, and was delegate in 1861 from Lewis county in the convention
that reorganized the state government. He recruited the 4th Va.
regiment for the national army and was made its colonel, Aug. 14,
1861, commanded the District of Kanawha in 1862, and in September of
that year conducted the retreat from the Kanawha valley. He was
promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, March 16, 1863, participated
in the Vicksburg campaign, the battle of Missionary ridge and the
battle of Chattanooga, and was with Sherman in his march to Atlanta,
where, in Aug. 1864, he received a severe gunshot wound in the head.
He took a conspicuous part in the capture of Resaca heights, May 14,
1864. Gen. Lightburn was subsequently given command of a brigade in
the Shenandoah valley and was president of the examining board when he
resigned his commission, June 22, 1865. He was a representative in the
state legislature of West Virginia in 1866-67. Gen. Lightburn was
ordained to the Baptist ministry in 1869 and became minister at Mt.
Lebanon Baptist church, Harrison county, W. Va. He engaged in the
active work of the ministry until Jan., 1901.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908