VMI's Civil War Generals
James B. Terrill, Class of 1858

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  • Biographical Information James B. Terrill photo(1)
    • Early Life
      James Barbour Terrill, born February 20, 1838, Bath County, Virginia. Parents: William H. Terrill, a lawyer, and Elizabeth Pitzer.
    • VMI record
      Enrolled at VMI on October 18, 1854; was graduated on July 5, 1858, standing 16th in a class of 19.
    • Marriage
      Charlotte Eucebia Drewry (Drury) of Chesterfield Co., in late 1861 or early 1862. Issue: James Mercer Terrill (b. October 31, 1862; died around age 18) and Emily Barbour Terrill (b. 1864 d. 1943. Emily married Henry Heth Vaden.
    • Pre-Civil War
      Studied law at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia under Judge John W. Brockenbrough; practiced law in Bath County,Virginia. Appointed Major, Cavalry, in 1859 by Gov. Henry A. Wise.
    • Civil War
      Major and Lt. Col., 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment; Brigadier General, May 30, 1864; battles included the Shenandoah Valley campaign, Gaines's Mill, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, Cedar Mountain, Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania; killed in battled on May 30, 1864, near Bethesda Church, Hanover County,Virginia; his nomination as BG was confirmed on the day he was killed. Full text 1861 Terrill letter

      "Brother against Brother": William Rufus Terrill, James's brother, was an 1853 West Point graduate who served as a Brigadier General in the Union army during the war. He was also killed in battle, at Perryville, KY, in October 1862.