William Lamb (Confederate States Army officer)

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William Lamb (7 September 1835 – 23 March 1909) was an officer in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He is best remembered for his role in commanding the Confederate garrison at Fort Fisher.[1]

The newly promoted Colonel Lamb assumed command of Fort Fisher on 4 July 1862. Although not trained as an engineer he spent most of the next two years working successfully to build the fort into the Confederacy's largest bastion. Recognizing its critical strategic value to the Confederacy, he successfully defended the fort against a Union attack led by Benjamin Butler in December 1864. In January 1865 Alfred Terry led a renewed attack against the fort and despite a heroic defense by Lamb and his garrison the fort was captured and Lamb was grievously wounded. He eventually recovered, becoming from 1880 to 1886 the mayor of Norfolk, Virginia as his father and grandfather had been before him. Initially a member of the Democratic Party, he joined the Republican Party in 1882. In 1900 he was made a Knight of the Order of Vasa, for his services as consul for Sweden and Norway. He died in Norfolk on 23 March 1909 and is buried there in Elmwood Cemetery. His personal papers are held by the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William & Mary.[1]

His home at Norfolk, Kenmure, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[2]


  1. ^ a b "William Lamb Papers". Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

Lamb, William (2000). The Life and Times of Colonel William Lamb 1835 - 1909. Austin, Texas, USA: Published by the Author (grandson of Colonel Lamb). 

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