VMI's Civil War Generals
James H. Lane, Class of 1854

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  • Biographical InformationJames H. Lane photo 
    • Early Life
      James Henry Lane, b. July 28, 1833, Mathews Court House,Virginia. Parents: Henry Gardner Lane and Mary Ann Henry Barkwell
    • VMI record
      Enrolled at VMI on July 22,1851; was graduated on July 4, 1854,standing 2nd in a class of 14.
    • Marriage
      Charlotte Randolph Meade of Richmond, VA; they had four daughters (Lidie, Mary, Kate, Lottie)
    • Pre-Civil War
      Attended University of Virginia, 1856-1857; civil engineer; teacher (VMI, West Seminary at Tallahassee, FL., North Carolina Military Institute at Charlotte, NC).
    • Civil War
      Major and Lt. Col., 1st North Carolina Infantry Regt; Colonel, 28th North Carolina Infantry; appointed Brigadier General Nov. 1862; commanded his brigade at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Petersburg.
    • Post-war
      Educator; taught at various universities, notably Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Missouri School of Mines, and Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Auburn University), where he was professor of civil engineering. He died at Auburn, AL on September 21, 1907 and is buried there.
    • Papers
      An extensive collection of Lane's personal papers are located at the Auburn University Archives. VMI has information about his cadetship, photos, and other biographical information, as well as 2 miscellaneous family documents (Manuscript #304).