Besides Lee, What are the names of the other 7 Virginian Colonels in the U.S. Army at the start of the War?

DanSBHawk

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I recently read that there were 8 colonels in the regular army at the start of the war who were from Virginia. And of these, only Lee went with the confederacy, while the rest stayed loyal.

Anyone know the names of these other 7 Virginian colonels?
 
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So with a little searching in Civil War High Commands other Virginia-born Colonels (not including brevets or Lt. Cols.) were:

Edmund Burke Alexander, 10th Infantry
Philip St. George Cooke, 2nd Dragoons
Washington Seawell, 6th Infantry

Also another Virginian Colonel, Thomas T. Fountleroy of the 1st Dragoons, resigned in 61 and briefly joined the Confederacy.
 

NedBaldwin

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I recently read that there were 8 colonels in the regular army at the start of the war who were from Virginia. And of these, only Lee went with the confederacy, while the rest stayed loyal.

Anyone know the names of these other 7 Virginian colonels?
Philip St G Cooke
Mathew Payne
Washington Seawell
John Garland

Edmund Brooke Alexander (born in VA but appointed to from KY)
Thomas Lawton (Surgeon General with rank of Colonel)

Thomas Fauntleroy resigned from the US army but also refused to accept CSA commission... so his loyalty is cloudy

George Thomas was promoted to Colonel, regular army in May 1861, replacing Lee
 

NedBaldwin

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To summarize, looking at Majors and above (too much work to go lower) that were appointed from VA (going by what the Army Register says)...

Stayed Loyal
General officers
  • Major General
Staff officers
  • Surgeon General, Rank of Colonel
  • Judge Advocate, Rank of Major (J F Lee)
  • Major, QM, Clark -- but died in May 1861
  • Major, Surgeon, RF Simpson -- died July 1861
  • Major, engineers, James Graham, Colonel by 1863
  • Major, engineers, Campbell Graham, but on sick leave, resigned and retired in late 1861
Line officers
  • Colonel Cooke
  • Colonel Payne
  • Colonel Seawell
  • Colonel Garland
  • LT Colonel George THomas
  • Major Lawrence Graham
  • Major Macrae
  • Major Steptoe

Went CSA

Staff officers
  • Brig General, QM - Johnston
  • Major, Commissary, RB Lee
  • Major, paymaster Chilton
  • Major, paymaster Hill
  • Major, paymaster Hutter
  • Major, paymaster Smith

Line Officers
  • Colonel RE Lee
  • Major Garnett

Resigned, leaned CSA but didnt serve

Line Officers
  • Colonel Fauntleroy
 
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