Brigadier General Micah Jenkins, Palmetto Riflemen

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Micah Jenkins (December 1st, 1835 – May 6th 1864) was a Confederate general in the American Civil War, mortally wounded by friendly fire at the Battle of The Wilderness.

At the First Battle of Bull Run, Jenkins was Colonel of the 5th South Carolina Infantry Regiment, under the command of David R. Jones.
At the Battle of Seven Pines he was brigade commander of the 5th South Carolina, the 6th South Carolina and the Palmetto Sharpshooters. He was considered one of the war’s “boy generals”, and was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on July 22nd 1862. Wounded at the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862, he was to miss the Batttle of Antietam.
His Brigade served in the division of Maj. Gen. George Pickett at the Battle of Fredericksburg, although it was not engaged. Pickett’s division participated in the campaign of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet against Suffolk, Virginia in 1863, but Jenkins’ brigade was retained near Richmond, Virginia, missing the Battle of Gettysburg.

During the Battle of the Wilderness, Jenkins was riding with Lt. Gen Longstreet when both were struck down by friendly fire, on May 6th 1864. Although Longstreet survived, Jenkins died of his head wound a few hours later.