Collett Leventhorpe, the English Confederate: The Life of a Civil War General 1815-1889

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This is the story of Collett Leventhorpe (1815-1889), an Englishman and former captain in the 14th Regiment of Foot. Leventhorpe came to North Carolina about 1843, settled there, and later served the Confederacy as a colonel in the 34th and 11th N.C. and brigadier general commanding the Home Guard in eastern North Carolina. Though he trained as a physician at the College of Charleston in the late 1840s, he never practiced and was a restless man, endlessly in search of fortune-before the war in the gold fields of North Carolina and Georgia, and after it in the pursuit of lost estates, art treasures and inventions. But he excelled first and foremost as a Confederate soldier. As a field commander he was never defeated in battle, and his record was marred only by his own rejection of a much deserved but very late promotion to CSA brigadier. He lies buried in the beautiful Happy Valley section of Caldwell County.

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J. Timothy Cole is a librarian at Greensboro Public Library and an archivist at Guilford College. He is also the author of The Forest City Lynching of 1900 (2003). He lives in Greensboro. Bradley R. Foley is a librarian at Randolph County Public Library and is editor of The Guilford Genealogist. He lives in Thomasville, North Carolina.

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"well researched and written, this book is the finest to date on Collett Leventhorpe. It contributes significantly to the scholarship on North Carolina during the Civil War...well worth reading"--The North Carolina Historical Review.

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