General Albert G. Jenkins
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Black and white head and shoulders image of Albert Jenkins.

Credit: Library of Congress

A Virginian by birth, Albert Jenkins graduated from Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at fourteen years of age, then studied law at Harvard. In April 1861 he resigned as a U.S. congressman to join the cavalry of the Confederate States of America. In June, 1863, Jenkins and his troopers were the first to cross the Mason-Dixon Line and enter the North in advance of Lee's army. Wounded on July 2nd at Gettysburg, Jenkins would die in May 1864 following the amputation of an arm at the battle of Cloyd's Mountain, West Virginia.

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