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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 16:41:37 EDT
" French born Victor Jean Baptiste Girardey, reared in Georgia and Louisiana
as an orphan, hurried to enlist when Jefferson Davis called for volunteers
during the Civil War. By October 1861 he was a lieutenant and became a captain
just three months later.
Capt. Girardey fought during the Seven Days battles and at Chancellorsville
and Gettysburg without special distinction. His moment came at Petersburg,
where he acted without orders and led two brigades in resisting Union forces in
the battle of the Crater.
Girardey's Petersburg exploit was brought to Lee's attention, and the
general saw to it that the native of France received a third promotion. This time,
he became the only Confederate to jump four ranks, from Capt. to Brigadier