{⋆★⋆} MG Stevenson, Carter L.

Carter Littlepage Stevenson

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Born: September 21, 1817

Birthplace: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Father: Carter Littlepage Stevenson Sr. 1785 -

Mother:
Jane Whiteler Herndon 1791 – 1856

Wife: Martha Griswold 1820 – 1886
(Buried: Confederate Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Virginia)​

Children:

Isabella Herndon Stevenson Taylor 1847 – 1886​
(Buried: Confederate Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Virginia)​
Clara Stevenson Gordon 1849 – 1912​
(Buried: Flintshire Farm Cemetery, Maryton, Virginia)​

Education:

1838: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (42nd in class)​

Occupation before War:

1838 – 1840: 2nd Lt. United States Army, 5th Infantry Regiment​
1838 – 1840: Frontier Duty at Fort Winnebago, Wisconsin​
1840 – 1847: 1st Lt. United States Army, 5th Infantry Regiment​
1840 – 1841: Served in the Seminole War in Florida​
1841 – 1844: Garrison Duty at Detroit Barracks, Michigan​
1844 – 1845: Garrison Duty at Fort Wilkins, Michigan​
1846: Served in the Battle of Palo Alto, Mexico​
1846: Served in the Battle of Resaca de la Palma​
1847: Recruiter for United States Army​
1847: Aide to Brevet Brig. General Brady​
1847 – 1861: Captain, United States Army, 5th Infantry Regiment​
1847 – 1848: Garrison Duty at Detroit, Michigan​
1848: Garrison Duty at East Pascagoula, Mississippi​
1848 – 1851: Frontier Duty at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory​
1851: Served in the March to Texas​
1851 – 1852: Frontier Duty at Fort Belknap, Texas​
1852 – 1854: Recruiter for United States Army​
1855 – 1856: Frontier duty escorting Captain Pope​
1855: Served in the Skirmish at mouth of Delaware Creek​
1856: Served in the Skirmish at Rio Pecos, Texas​
1856 – 1857: Served in Seminole War in Florida
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1858 – 1860: Served in the Utah Expedition​
1860 – 1861: Frontier Duty at Fort Stanton, New Mexico​
1861: Frontier Duty at Fort Union, New Mexico​
1861: Dismissed from United States Army on June 25th

Civil War Career:

1861: Lt. Colonel in the Confederate States Army​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 53rd Virginia Infantry Regiment​
1862: Brigadier General of the Confederate States Army, Infantry​
1862: Assigned Guard on the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, Virginia​
1862: Captured the Union Garrison at Munfordsville, Kentucky​
1862 – 1865: Major General of Confederate States Army Infantry​
1862: Division Commander during the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky​
1863: Division Commander during the Battle of Champion Hill, Mississippi​
1863: Captured during the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi​
1863: Division Commander during the Battle of Chattanooga, Tennessee
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1864: Division Commander during the Atlanta, Georgia Campaign​
1864: Division Commander during the Tennessee Campaign​
1865: Division Commander during Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina​

Occupation after War:

Civil and Mining Engineer in Caroline County, Virginia​

Died: August 15, 1888

Place of Death: Caroline County, Virginia

Age at time of Death: 70 years old

Burial Place: Confederate Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Virginia

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He missed tbe actual battle of Franklin because his division was still on the south side of the Duck River. He did however fight in Nashville and went on to the Carolinas.
 

DixieRifles

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1863: Division Commander during the Battle of Chattanooga Tennessee

I knew his name was familiar and that one of my ancestors served under his command. Here is what I wrote on my website about the change of command the day before the Battle of Lookout Mountain.

General Stevenson took over command from Lt-Gen Hardee at night on November 23rd. When he arrived, General Stevenson was in command of approximately 9,000 men in two divisions: Stevenson's Division and Cheatham's Division, temporartily commanded by Gen. John K. Jackson. Walker's Division had just moved over to Missionary Ridge and Cheatham's Division replaced it. Soon, General Bragg began taking away more units and Stevenson was left with one division of approximately 3,000 men to defend a 3-mile long front of rugged terrain.
One brigade in his division was General Edward C Walthall’s Mississippi brigade.
 
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It was Gen. Beauregard who recommended Stevenson as colonel of the 53rd Virginia. When Beauregard transferred to the Western Theater, Stevenson was promoted to brigadier (March 6. 1862)and soon transferred west as well where he was sent to the Department of East Tennessee under Edmund Kirby Smith. He was promoted to major general (Oct. 13th 1862) and was commanding a division in this Department several month before as a brigadier.
 

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Stevenson is one of the many commanders of this war who, despite high rank, seems to always fade into the background of nearly every campaign he's involved in. His division takes the brunt of McPherson's assault at Champion Hill, before Bowen counterattacks; his division is the largest at Vicksburg, and he apparently voted with pemberton to surrender the garrison. He fights again at Chattanooga, Reseca, New Hope Church, Kolb's Farm, and Bald Hill. His diminished divisions (now just three brigades) joined Hood in Tennessee, where they fought at Nashville (they were south of the Duck River on the 29th, trying to pin Schofield in place at Columbia during the Spring Hill maneuver, meaning he was not present at Franklin). He fought last at Bentonville, with a command struggling to number a thousand men.
 

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My gg grandfather was the AQM of the 31st La. during the war. In the spring of 1863 the 31st was at Vicksburg while he was collecting supplies across the River in north Louisiana. At bottom is a photo of a portion of his daily ledger representing the 2nd qtr. of the year and completed June 30, 1863. At the top right you see that it was made under orders from Maj. Gen. Stevenson in Vicksburg.

This had me confused for a long while as the 31st La. was part of Forney’s Division, not Stevenson’s, in the defense of the city. What I learned (NPS write-up) was the on Dec. 30, 1862, Jefferson Davis sent Stevenson to Vicksburg to take command of all troops there. He was in command until May 1, when Pemberton arrived to command the army. So, my gg grand got his orders from Stevenson probably in March when he was the man but was sent across the River and separated from the army during the siege when Pemberton assumed command. This document was still in his wallet, having been preserved by his descendants.

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I knew his name was familiar and that one of my ancestors served under his command. Here is what I wrote on my website about the change of command the day before the Battle of Lookout Mountain.

General Stevenson took over command from Lt-Gen Hardee at night on November 23rd. When he arrived, General Stevenson was in command of approximately 9,000 men in two divisions: Stevenson's Division and Cheatham's Division, temporartily commanded by Gen. John K. Jackson. Walker's Division had just moved over to Missionary Ridge and Cheatham's Division replaced it. Soon, General Bragg began taking away more units and Stevenson was left with one division of approximately 3,000 men to defend a 3-mile long front of rugged terrain.
One brigade in his division was General Edward C Walthall’s Mississippi brigade.
12/18/62 Hqs Dept #2, S. O. #66 Murfreesboro-Stevenson's Div, Smith's Corps, will immediately move to Chattanooga, thence to Miss, via Mobile, & report to Lt-Gen Pemberton

Dec 62 The officer in direct command of the defenses of Vicksburg was Maj Gen M. L. Smith

Ref the arrival at Vicksburg late on 12/29/62 of Gen Stevenson

12/29 Pemberton ordered Stephenson to Vicksburg because of Sherman's pending attack. He was moved from a reserve position assigned by Gen J E Johnston
Pemberton himself was with the field army of the Department

2/13/63 Reference to Stevenson cdg 2nd​ Dist [including Vicksburg]



https://www.nps.gov/vick/learn/historyculture/carter-littlepage-stevenson-jr.htm
A staff officer identified Stevenson's division as the Achilles heel of Pemberton's army. "Stephenson's [sic] Div. had never been under fire, and was composed of the last regts. from Georgia and Alabama...far away from their homes, and had been marched heavily for the past few days." Though not entirely accurate, Stevenson's division had the least combat experience and would find themselves in the most crucial sector of an eminent battle.
 
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