|Roger Atkinson Pryor
b. July 19 1828, Dinwiddie County., Va.
d. March. 14, 1919, New York, N.Y.
Pryor opened a law practice in 1849 but his true interests were in politics, journalism and as an orator . While maintaining his legal practice, he edited and wrote for several newspapers including, the Southside Democrat, the Richmond Enquirer, The South, and The States. He represented the United States as a special agent in Athens, Greece, and investigated claims against the Greek government by American citizens. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1859 but resigned his seat in March of 1861. He lobbied South Carolina authorities to secede and then to fire on Fort Sumpter although he turned down the offer to fire the first shot. He was elected as a member of the Provisional Confederate Congress but resigned to join the Confederate Army. He was promoted to brigadier general after his bravery at the Battle of Williamsburg. He served at Second Bull Run and Antietam before his regiments were disbanded and he was left without troops to command. He resigned his position with the army but worked as a "special courier" with Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry doing scouting and intelligence work until his capture Nov. 27, 1864. He was held at Fort Lafayette until his exchange in the spring of 1865 just before the Confederates surrendered. After the war, he moved to New York where he wrote for the Daily News, gained admittance to the New York bar, and eventually became a justice for the New York State Supreme Court.
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