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Gabriel C. Wharton, Class of 1847

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    • Early Life
      Gabriel Colvin Wharton, born July 23,1824, Culpeper, Virginia.
    • VMI record
      Enrolled at VMI on September 1, 1845; was graduated on July 5, 1847, standing 2nd in a class of 12 (distinguished graduate).
    • Marriage
      Married Nannie Radford in 1863. One son, William.
    • Pre-Civil War
      Civil Engineer in west (Arizona and elsewhere).
    • Civil War
      Colonel, 51st Virginia Infantry Regiment; served in Floyd's western Virginia campaign; appointed Brigadier General Sept. 1863; commanded brigade guarding railroads in southwestern Virginia; fought at New Market, Cold Harbor, and in Valley campaign.
    • Post-war
      Civil Engineer in southwestern Virginia; instrumental in building railroad in New River Valley; died May 11, 1906 at Radford, Virginia; buried Radford.