Peyton H. Colquitt

Peyton H. Colquitt (1831-1863) was a Confederate officer from Georgia during the American Civil War. A colonel of 46th Georgia Infantry Regiment, he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga and died two days later.

Peyton H. Colquitt
Born(1831-10-08)October 8, 1831
DiedSeptember 22, 1863(1863-09-22) (aged 31)
Chickamauga, Georgia
Buried
Linwood Cemetery
Columbus, Georgia
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Years of service1861-1863
RankConfederate States of America Colonel.png Colonel
Commands held46th Georgia Infantry Regiment
Gist's Brigade
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
RelationsWalter T. Colquitt
Alfred Holt Colquitt

BiographyEdit

Peyton H. Colquitt was born October 7 (or 8), 1831, in Campbell County, Georgia, the second son of Walter T. Colquitt and his wife Nancy (Holt). His father was a circuit riding preacher who became a politician and was elected as a United States Representative and then Senator from Georgia. Peyton's older brother was Alfred Holt Colquitt, who would become a General in the Confederate Army, U.S. Senator from Georgia, and Governor of Georgia.

Peyton Colquitt attended a local academy before being admitted as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point and member of the class of 1853. He was turned back a year and resigned in 1853.[1]

As 1863 obituary in an Augusta, Georgia newspaper states that he had been Editor of the Columbus Times, and served as a Representative and a Senator in the Georgia Legislature.[2]

In the American Civil War, Colquitt was commissioned as an officer, captain of the Columbus Light Guard from Georgia. He fought in the second battle of the war, the Battle of Sewell's Point. He later commanded 46th Georgia Infantry, organized in 1862. Col Colquitt served at the Battle of Chickamauga, where he was mortally wounded on September 20, 1863 commanding the brigade of States Rights Gist (Gist was acting as a division commander under MG W. H. T. Walker, leading the Reserve Corps of the Army of Tennessee.) Colquitt died two days later.

Colquitt is buried in Linwood Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia. He was survived by his wife, Julia Flournoy (Hurt) Colquitt, who was buried nearby after her death in 1891, following her post-war romance in Paris with Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte II, a nephew of Emperor Napoleon III, and her second marriage to Leonidas A. Jordan, a wealthy resident of Macon, Georgia.[3][4]

Legacy and honorsEdit

After the war, a memorial to Colquitt was erected near where he fell at the Battle of Chickamauga. [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Abbot, Henry L. (1905). Half century record of the Class at West Point 1850 to 1854. Boston, MASS: T. Todd, Printer. p. 56.
  2. ^ Lincecum, S. "His Death Caused Tears to Flow from Hundreds of Eyes Unused to Weeping". Southern Graves. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  3. ^ Lincecum, S. "There Is No Death! for Julia Jordan". Southern Graves. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  4. ^ Worsley, Etta Blanchard (Summer 1954). "A Bonaparte Romance with a Georgia Belle". The Georgia Review. 8 (2): 218–227. JSTOR 41398029.
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