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Captain William Lord London, of Pittsboro, brigadier- general commanding Second brigade, North Carolina division, United Confederate Veterans, was born at Pittsboro, April 3, 1838, the son of Henry A. and Sallie M. (Lord) London. His grandfathers, John R. London and William C. Lord, were both natives of Wilmington, the former being an officer of the patriot army of the war of the revolution. When North Carolina took up arms in defense of the Confederacy, young London left his employment as clerk in his father's store and enlisted as a private in the Chatham Rifles, a volunteer organization which was first assigned to the Fifteenth regiment, State troops, as Company M, and later to the Thirty-second regiment. He was mustered in as second lieutenant of his company, in June following was promoted to first lieutenant, and in May, 1862, was promoted to captain. At the opening of the campaign of the army of Northern Virginia, in 1863, he was in command of the sharpshooters of his brigade, Gen. Junius Daniel's, and was commended by General Daniel for his services at Gettysburg and on the retreat. Colonel Brabble, of the Thirty-second, in reporting the battle, wrote: "Where all behaved so well, it is difficult to discriminate, yet justice requires that I should mention Capt. William L. London. To his skill and gallantry is greatly due whatever of service the regiment may have rendered in the battle." He was at once, in recognition of his gallantry, assigned to General Daniel's staff as inspector-general, and later in the year was made adjutant-general of the brigade, which after the Wilderness was led by Gen. Bryan Grimes. Captain London was identified with the gallant record of his brigade and regiment throughout the war, from his first battle at Dam No. I, under Magruder, to the final scene with Lee at Appomattox. He was severely wounded at Malvern hill, was shot in the right arm at Gettysburg, and received a third wound, a ball passing through his body, at Winchester, with Early, in 1864. Yet it was his good fortune to be able to return promptly to duty and to miss few of the historic battles of the army. The career of this gallant and devoted soldier aptly represents the heroism of the North Carolina soldiery.

Jacob A. Long, of Graham, was born in Alamance county, in 1846, son of Jacob Long, a farmer of that