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 Posted: Mon Apr 16th, 2007 07:02 am
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Texas Defender

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   The youngest Confederate general was William Paul Roberts of North Carolina, born on July 11, 1841.

   He started the war in 1861 as a private in the 19th North Carolina. On August 30, 1861, he was commissioned as a 3rd lieutenant (a rank that seemed to be unique to NC), and on September 13, 1861, a 1st lieutenant.

   He progressed up the ranks and was made a colonel in 1864. He commanded a regiment at Petersburg. On February 23, 1865, he was made a brigadier general. He was then 23 years old. He was presented with gauntlets by General Lee himself.

   Roberts commanded a brigade in W.H.F. Lee's division, and fought until the end at Appomattox. After the war, he returned to his home state and was a state legislator there.

William P. Roberts (1841 - 1910) - Find A Grave Memorial

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