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Robert E. Rodes

Date of Birth:      March 29, 1829
Hometown:         Lynchburg, VA
Education:           Virginia Military Institute, 1848
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     September 19, 1864
Place of Death:    Winchester, VA
Buried At:            Lynchburg, VA

Major Battles:        First Manassas, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Antietam Campaign, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Overland Campaign, Early's 1864 Shenandoah Campaign, Winchester

Interesting Fact(s):    Rodes, a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, would stay with his alma mater, after graduation, to teach.  In 1851, he would become a civil engineer, in the private sector.  With the outbreak, of hostilities, he would enter Confederate service, as colonel of the 5th Alabama Infantry.  Due to his gallant leadership, at First Manassas, Rodes would promptly be promoted to brigadier general.  During the Peninsula Campaign, he would be severely wounded at Seven Pines (Fair Oaks).  Resuming command, while still injured, he would lead his brigade at Gaines's Mill, which would lead to a bout of sustained illness, while he recovered.  During the Antietam Campaign, he would further distinguish himself at South Mountain, and Antietam.  In January 1863, he would become a division commander, and would be promoted to major general, after the fighting at Chancellorsville, where his division led Thomas Jackson's famous flanking march.  Rodes would continue to lead his division, at Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, before being detached with Jubal Early, to the Shenandoah Valley.  On September 19, 1864, he would be mortally wounded, in the fighting at third Winchester, or the Battle of Opequon.  His leadership, at this battle, would be instrumental in the extrication of the Confederate Army, from a battle in which Phil Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah significantly outnumbered them.

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