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Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

BRIGADIER GENERAL ROSWELL S. RIPLEY
Born: March 14, 1823
Died: March 29, 1887
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Confederate Brigadier General Roswell Sabine Ripley (1823-1887) began commanding the Department of South Carolina in 1861 before joining the Army of Northern Virginia. The nephew of Union Brigadier General James W. Ripley, Roswell had graduated from West Point in 1843 and saw service in the Mexican War and against the Seminole Indians before moving to South Carolina. After the state seceded from the Union on December 20, 1860, Ripley repaired Fort Moultrie, which had been abandoned by Union Major Robert Anderson (who had disabled the fort's armaments before moving his forces to Ft. Sumter) and later was responsible for repairs to Fort Sumter after the surrender and evacuation of Union forces. He later participated in the Peninsula, Mechanicsville, Malvern Hill, Gaines' Mill and Antietam campaigns. After being wounded at Antietam, Ripley returned to South Carolina, where he commanded the 1st Artillery District before going to North Carolina in March 1865. Following the Civil War, he became a businessman and spent nearly 20 years in London, where he wrote about the war. Ripley, who served on the staffs of Generals Zachary Taylor and Gideon Pillow early in his career, had previously authored The War With Mexico (1849, two volumes).

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