{⋆★⋆} BG O'Neal, Edward A.

Edward Asbury O'Neal Jr.

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Born: September 20, 1818

Birthplace: Madison County, Alabama

Father: Edward Asbury O'Neal Sr. 1782 – 1822

Mother: Rebecca Wheat 1791 – 1864

Wife: Olivia Moore 1819 – 1909
(Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama)​

Children:

Rebecca O'Neal Shotwell 1842 – 1902​
(Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama)​
Lt. Alfred Moore O'Neal 1844 – 1909​
(Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama)​
Edward Ashberry O'Neal Jr. 1845 – 1876​
(Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama)​
Julia O'Neal 1850 – Unknown​
(Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama)​
Emmett O'Neal 1853 – 1922​
(Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama)​
Georgia O'Neal 1856 -​
Sydenham O'Neal Dudley 1864 – 1938​
(Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama)​

Education:

1836: Graduated from LaGrange College (top of class)​
Studied law under James W McClung​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Alabama​
Judge of Alabama Fourth Judicial Circuit​
Advocate for Secession​
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Civil War Career:

1861: Captain in the Alabama State Troops​
1861: Major of 9th Alabama Infantry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 26th Alabama Infantry Regiment​
1862 – 1864: Colonel of 26th Alabama Infantry Regiment​
1862: Wounded during the Battle of Seven Pines​
1863: Received praise for his duty at Battle of Chancellorsville​
1863: Acted as Brigade Commander during Battle of Gettysburg​
1864: Brigade Commander during the Atlanta Campaign​
1864 – 1865: Acting Brigadier General of Alabama Troops​

Occupation after War:

Attorney in Florence, Alabama​
1875: Delegate to Alabama State Constitution Convention​
1880: Presidential Elector for Winfield Hancock, and Democratic Party​
1880: Made Speeches for Hancock throughout Alabama​
1882 – 1886: Governor of Alabama​

Died: November 7, 1890

Place of Death: Florence, Alabama

Age at time of Death: 72 years old

Burial Place: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama
 
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Luke Freet

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His Civil War career was with the 26th Alabama Infantry, was it not?
Yes. He was its commander from 1861 to 1864, when he was assigned to depot commands. He led Rodes' brigade as Senior Colonel at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. His actions at the latter engagement earned the scorn of Rodes, who replaced him with Cullen Battle. the 26th Alabama was then transferred west and was a part of Cantey's Brigade in the Atlanta Campaign, with him taking command of the brigade when Cantey was indisposed.
 

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Yes. He was its commander from 1861 to 1864, when he was assigned to depot commands. He led Rodes' brigade as Senior Colonel at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. His actions at the latter engagement earned the scorn of Rodes, who replaced him with Cullen Battle. the 26th Alabama was then transferred west and was a part of Cantey's Brigade in the Atlanta Campaign, with him taking command of the brigade when Cantey was indisposed.

Lee was not impressed by O'Neal and didn't really want him as a brigade commander but his seniority left him little choice but Lee moved to keep O'Neal from being promoted to brigadier general. Late in 1863, Lee transferred the 26th Alabama back home for recruiting duty (and conveniently ridding him of a subordinate who didn't make the grade) where it eventually fell in with the Army of Tennessee for the Atlanta Campaign.

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O'Neal was superseded for command of Rodes' old Brigade by Cullen Battle, and demoted to regimental command after Gettysburg. In 1864, his men were sent west to recuperate, but when the May campaigns kicked off, they were assigned to Cantey's Brigade and remained in the west. O'Neal at times served as brigade commander during the campaign; I believe he did so at Peachtree Creek and Ezra Church.
 
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