(1816-94) Graduated in the West Point class of 1837. After fighting against the Seminoles, he resigned to study law and afterwards began practice in Rocky Mount, Va. He became a member of the house of delagates, and the commonwealth's attorney, and when war broke out with Mexico he was a major of Virginia volunteers. At the start of the Civil War he was promptly appointed as colonel of the 24th Va. Inf., which he led at 1st Manassas. He was promoted to rank of brigadier general to rank from July 21, 1861, and took part in all the engagements of the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862-64. Promoted to major general to rank from Jan. 17, 1863, he was prominent at Salem Church during the Chancellorsville campaign, and at Gettysburg. At the Wilderness he commanded Gen. A.P. Hill's corps for a time, and was promoted to lieutenant general from May 31, 1864. He later saw action in the Shenandoah Valley at Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek.
Antique portrait engraving of Early in his Confederate general's uniform. Printed facsimile autograph below his likeness. Imprint at bottom, Engraved by H.B. Hall's Sons, New York. 5 1/8 x 7 1/2.