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Barnard E. Bee

Date of Birth:      February 8, 1824
Hometown:         Charleston, SC
Education:           West Point, 1845
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     July 21, 1861
Place of Death:    Manassas, VA
Buried At:           Pendleton, SC

Major Battles:        First Manassas

Interesting Fact(s):    Bee's father would move his family to Texas, when he became secretary of state there.  Because of this, young Barnard would be appointed to West Point, "at large."  With the outbreak of hostilities likely, Bee resigned his U.S. army commission in March 1861.  Quickly appointed brigadier general, in June 1861, he was assigned a brigade stationed at Manassas Junction, Virginia.  His troops would bear the brunt of the Union assault there, on July 21 as the Battle of Manassas raged.  Being pushed back, from the Warrenton turnpike, to a hill, near Henry House, Bee would receive reinforcements, from Joseph Johnston's army and would make a successful stand.  His primary relief would be from a little known brigadier general, Thomas Jackson.  As his men were being pressed, Bee would make the following statement, "There stands Jackson like a stone wall."  This would be one of the last things Bee would say, as he would be mortally wounded moments later.  However, this quote would help elevate Jackson to prominence throughout the south.

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