A Civil War Biography

Collett Leventhorpe

Leventhorpe was born 15 May 1815 in Exmouth, England. He attended Winchester college and at 17 was commissioned an ensign in the 14 Regiment of Foot. In 1842 he resigned his commission and emigrated to the US, settling in North Carolina and became involved in various business enterprises.

When North Carolina became part of the Confederacy Leventhorpe offered his military services. He became colonel of the 34th North Carolina in November 1861 then was elevated to brigade command when the 34th was brigaded. On 2 April 1862 he was elected colonel of the 11th North Carolina and again was elevated to brigade command. He commanded the District of Wilmington then was sent with his brigade to Blackwater where he remained until December. In January 1863 he fought at White Hall, North Carolina then from late March until mid April took part in the siege of Washington, North Carolina, repulsing an enemy attack at Blout's Mill on 9 April. Leventhorpe and his regiment were then sent to join the Army of Northern Virginia and fought at Gettysburg attached to Pettigrew's brigade in Heth's division. Leventhorpe, severely wounded on the first day, did not take part with his regiment the attack on the Union center on 3 July but the regiment performed well. He was captured during the retreat from Gettysburg and held at Point Lookout, Maryland for nearly 9 months. Upon his return he accepted a commission as brigadier general of North Carolina troops and cleared the enemy from the Roanoke River area of his home state and defended the Weldon railroad, a major communications line. He was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate army in February 1865 but refused the appointment. He spent the remainder of the war with Joseph Johnston's forces surrendering with them.

Following the war Leventhorpe pursued various business opportunities. He made several trips to England and resided for a time in New York before returning to Wilkes County, North Carolina where he died on 1 December 1889.

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