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Gen Lawrence O'Bryan Branch
Birth: Nov. 28, 1820
Enfield
Halifax County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Sep. 17, 1862
Sharpsburg
Washington County
Maryland, USA

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He was born in Enfield, North Carolina, and was a graduate of the College of New Jersey. Before his college career he was tutored by future Union Secretary of Treasury and Chief Justice of the United States, Salmon P. Chase. After his graduation he served as a newspaperman, a Florida lawyer, a soldier in the Seminole War, and in Congress representing his native state from 1854 to 1860. When North Carolina left the Union, he accepted an appointment as quartermaster and paymaster of state troops; later he resigned his rank for the colonelcy of the 33rd North Carolina. On November 16, 1861, he was promoted to Brigadier General and assumed command of troops in the New Bern, North Carolina, area. In this command, he opposed a Union expedition under Major General Ambrose E. Burnside in late winter 1862. Burnside captured New Berne on March 14 and the town remained in Federal hands for the rest of the war. Confederate authorities then ordered he and his brigade to Virginia under command of Major General Ambrose P. Hill. Hill soon came to regard him highly as a commander, though the North Carolinian was not a professional soldier. He also respected Hill greatly, believing him to be more fit for command of the corps than Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. He considered Jackson a great battle commander but an officer who allowed his men too little rest. The Seven Days' Campaign was the first test fro him and his men under Hill, and his soldiers fought and charged bravely, suffering more casualties than any other brigade except one. In mid July Hill's Light Division, which was now a part of Jackson's command, marched to Gordonsville. At Cedar Mountain, three weeks later, his Confederates led the division onto the field to save a hard pressed Jackson. The Second Bull Run Campaign followed, with 8 consecutive days of combat and exhausting marches. He might have complained of Stonewall's tireless generalship but never failed him. In the Confederate invasion of Maryland in September 1862, he participated in the capture of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, on the 15th. Two days later, while the Battle of Antietam raged, Hill drove his Light Division to the field. His brigade and 2 others arrived in time to repluse the final Union assault of the day. A short time later, Hill conferred with his 3 brigadiers. A Federal sharpshooter, seeing the group, fired a shot that hit him in the right cheek and exited behind his left ear, killing him instantly. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Ann Haywood Blount Branch (1817 - 1903)*
 
 Children:
  Susan O'Bryan Branch Jones (1845 - 1920)*
  William Augustus Blount Branch (1847 - 1910)*
  Ann Haywood Branch Jones (1849 - 1928)*
  Josephine Lawrence Branch Craige (1852 - 1885)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: gunshot
 
Burial:
City Cemetery
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
 
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Record added: Jun 04, 2000
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