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John Carlton Higginbotham
1842 - 1863
Photo courtesy of WV Division of Culture & History
    John Carlton Higginbotham was a student at Lynchburg College when the War for Southern Independence began.  He entered the CSA as Captain in 1861; promoted Major and Lt. Colonel in 1862, Colonel in 1863 and Brigadier-General, May 1864, being one of the youngest officers of these grades in the service.
     He was wounded seven times, and at last killed at Spotsylvania Court House, May 10, 1864, while commanding the 25th VA Reg., Jones' Brigade, before his commission as Brigadier-General reached him.
25th Virginia Infantry
The listing of actual commanders at Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863 as given in O.R. Series I Volume 27 Part II, page 286 are:

Johnson's Division - Maj. Gen. Edward Johnson

Jones' Brigade - Brig. Gen. John M. Jones, Lt. Col. R. H. Dungan
21st VA - Capt. W. P. Mosely
25th VA -
Col. J. C. Higginbotham, Lt. Col. J. A. Robinson
42nd VA - Lt. Col. R. W. Withers, Capt. S. H. Saunders
44th VA - Maj. N. Cobb, Capt. T. R. Buckner
48th VA - Lt. Col. R. H. Dungan, Maj. Oscar White
50th VA - Lt. Col. L. H. N. Salyer
Johnson's Division's action was to the east of Cemetery Hill in the battle for Culp's Hill.
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