★  Lightburn, Joseph A. J.

Joseph Andrew Jackson Lightburn


Born: September 21, 1824

Birthplace: Webster, Pennsylvania

Father: Benjamin Lightburn 1796 – 1878
(Buried: Salem Regular Baptist Church, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania)​

Mother: Rebecca Fell 1798 – 1844
(Buried: Broad Run Baptist Church, Lightburn, West Virginia)​

Wife: Harriett Ellen Whittlesey 1835 – 1928
(Buried: Broad Run Baptist Church, Lightburn, West Virginia)​


Horace Lightburn 1858 – 1921​
(Buried: Broad Run Baptist Church, Lightburn, West Virginia)​
Luther Grant Lightburn 1866 – 1948​

Occupation before War:

1846 – 1851: Served in the United States Army rising to Sgt.​
1859 – 1861: Baptist Minister in Western Part of Virginia​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1863: Colonel of 4th West Virginia Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1861: Participated in the Western Virginia Campaign​
1862: Brigade Commander in Union Army, Division of Kanawha​
1863 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1863: Brigade Commander during the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi​
1863: Brigade Commander during Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee​
1864: Brigade Commander during the Atlanta, Georgia Campaign​
1864: Wounded in the head during the Siege of Atlanta, Georgia​
1864 – 1865: Brigade Commander, Department of West Virginia​
1865: Mustered out of the Union Army on June 22nd

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1901: Baptist Minister for Broad Run Baptist Church​

Died: May 17, 1901

Place of Death: Broad Run, West Virginia

Age at time of Death: 76 years old

Cause of Death: Asthma and heart trouble

Burial Place: Broad Run Baptist Church, Lightburn, West Virginia
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Regtl. Staff Shiloh 2020
Mar 22, 2009
Collierville, TN
After the surrender of Vicksburg he participated in the capture of Jackson, Mississippi.

General Sherman was traveling to Chattanooga to join up with Grant when his train was stopped at Collierville, TN on 11 Oct 1863. General Chalmers had approx 3,000 dismounted cavalry attacking the town, earthworks and the train. A group of Confederates boarded the train and one found a trophy: a sword in a case marked “General Lightburn - Sherman’s Staff”.

General Joseph Lightburn and General Ewing were traveling with Sherman and almost got captured that day.

Source: Capt. James Dinkins from "Echoes of Glory".
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