Lee's Staff Officers - Lt. Colonel Henry E Peyton

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Henry E. Peyton:

Born: Around 1834

Birthplace: Amherst County Virginia
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Father: Unknown

Mother: Unknown

Wife: Mary Elizabeth Braden 1836 – 1878

(Buried: Catoctin Free Church Cemetery Paeonian Springs Virginia)

Married: May 12, 1859 in Loudoun County Virginia

Children:

Henry Braden Peyton 1860 – 1860

Winston Beauregard Peyton 1862 –

Cabell Yelverton Peyton 1878 – 1950

(Buried: Saint Johns Episcopal Church Kingsville Maryland)

Education:

1852 – 1853: Attended Randolph Macon College

Occupation before War:

Unknown

Civil War Career:

1861: Volunteer Aide to Beauregard First Battle of Bull Run Virginia

1861 – 1862: Volunteer Aide on General Beauregard’s Staff

1862: Major and Assistant Adjutant on Beauregard’s Staff

1862 – 1864: Major Assistant Adjutant Inspector Gen. Lee’s Staff

1864 – 1865: Lt. Colonel Assistant Adjutant Inspector on Lee’s Staff

Occupation after War:

1865: Went West

Secretary of Texas State Democratic Committee

Lived in Baltimore Maryland and possibly Northern Virginia

Lived in Saint Louis Missouri Homeless and penniless


Died: 1900

Place of Death: on the Street in Saint Louis Missouri

Buried: Unmarked Pauper’s Grave in Saint Louis Missouri




  • Any information anyone could provide on Peyton would be nice because there is very little known about him*
 
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Any information anyone could provide on Peyton would be nice because there is very little known about him*
A little detective work ...

As for his early war services, he initially had enlisted as Private in the Loudoun Cavalry (Mead's Company) which would eventually become Company K of the 6th Virginia Cavalry Regiment. However at that point he wasn´t with the unit anymore as he had become a member of Beauregard's staff during the first day of Manassas. The various Loudoun units were assigned to the 5th Brigade under Philip St.G. Cocke. One account said that he offered Beauregard his horse after Beauregard's horse had been killed (apparently he lost several during the battle). Beauregard himself just said, in his official report, that he received "such signal service" from Peyton that he took him on his staff.
 
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