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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Robert E. Rodes My GREAT GREAT GREAT UNCLE

After graduating from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in 1848, Robert E. Rodes accepted a position at the same school as an assistant professor until 1851. He then pursued a profession as civil engineer. Just before the outbreak of the war, Rodes had accepted a professorship at VMI. When the war began, he entered the Confederate Army as a Colonel with the 5th Alabama Infantry regiment. His actions at the First Battle of Manassas led to him being promoted to Brigadier General on October 21, 1861.
Rodes was wounded at the Battle of Seven Pines (May 31-June 1, 1862) and at the Battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862). At the latter, his division held the center at "Bloody Lane." At the Battle of Chancellorsville (May 1-4, 1863), he again distinguished himself by leading Lieutenant General "Stonewall" Jackson's famous flank attack, an action which earned him promotion to Major General.
At the Battle of Monocacy, Rodes' Division fought at the Jug Bridge on the Baltimore Pike. Throughout the day, fighting was sustained with each side taking and giving ground. Late in the day, Rodes' forces attacked the Union line in an attempt to cut off the Union retreat. The Jug Bridge was taken along with a large number of prisoners, but Rodes was unable to capture the main body of troops that had already retreated down the Baltimore Pike.
While directing a counter attack at the Third Battle of Winchester (September 19, 1864) which enabled the beaten Confederate Army to retreat, Rodes was mortally wounded. He is buried in Lynchburg, Virginia.

He is the grandson of Joel Yancy and Anne Burton and the 3rd great grandson of Robert Burton and Priscilla Farrar.

In May 1861, he was commissioned as Colonel with the 5th Alabama Infantry Regiment. By October 1861, he was appointed Brigadier General, and he led his brigade at Fair Oaks, Gaines's Mill, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. He was promoted to Major General in May 1863, by the dying request of General Stonewall Jackson. General Rodes commanded his division at Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania. He went to Shenandoah Valley in June 1864, where he served under Early and fought at Kernstown and elsewhere. He died from exploded shrapnel that struck his head at Winchester, VA, on September 19, 1864.



He is my Great Great Great Uncle!
 

 

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