Biography of Colonel David Gregg McIntosh


Another stellar example of the citizen soldier, Colonel David G. McIntosh rose to become one of the best artillery commanders in the Army of Northern Virginia.

David G. McIntosh (standing) and his brother Edward. Edward served as a second lieutenant in his brother's battery.

Born in Society Hill, South Carolina on March 16, 1836, McIntosh was practicing law there when the War broke out. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, class of 1855, he was quickly made captain of Company D, 1st South Carolina Infantry, seeing action with that unit at Vienna. This company was then converted into an artillery battery, becoming the Pee Dee Artillery. With the company, McIntosh saw action in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days to Fredericksburg.

McIntosh was subsequently given command of an artillery battalion and promoted to major to date from March 2, 1863. He fought at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe, Mine Run, and the Wilderness. He was slightly wounded in battle at the Crater. McIntosh was again wounded at the battle of Welden Railroad. He was present with his battalion of artillery until shortly before Appomattox.

David McIntosh was a brother-in-law to General John Pegram and fellow Third Corps artillerist Willy Pegram through marriage to their sister Virginia.

After the War, McIntosh settled in Towson, Maryland. He resumed the practice of law and became the eventual head of the state bar association. He authored a pamphlet on Chancellorsville. General McIntosh died on October 16, 1916 in Towson, Maryland. He was buried in the Confederacy's "Place of Heroes," Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.  

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