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army officer

Raleigh Edward Colston, French army officer.


Colston, Raleigh Edward was born on October 31, 1825 in Paris, France. Son of Doctor Raleigh Edward and Elizabeth (Marshall) Colston.


Graduate Virginia Military Institute, 1846.


Came to the United States, 1842. Assistant professor French, Virginia Military Institute, 1846-1854, professor, 1854-1861. Commissioned brigadier general Confederate Army, 1861.

Commanded div. at battles of Chancellorsville, Lynchburg. Reinforced General Magruder, engaging in battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, 1862. After Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson’s death (1863) in command defenses St. Augustine River in General Beauregard’s department.

Established military school, Wilmington, North Carolina. Served on military staff Khedive of Egypt, in Egypt, 1873-1879, went on 2 expeditions exploring South country between Egypt and the equator, 1873-1874, 74-76. Recipient firman, also decorated knight commander Turkish Imperial Order Osmanish by Sultan.


Married Louise Gardiner, 1846.

Doctor Raleigh Edward Colston

Elizabeth (Marshall) Colston

Louise Gardiner