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- Signature card of General Eppa Hunton (1822-1908) of Warrenton, Virginia
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- Eppa Hunton was born 22 September 1822 in Fauquier County, Virginia, to Eppa Hunton (1789-1830) and Elizabeth Marye Brent Hunton (1792-1866). He attended the New Baltimore Academy, then taught school. Hunton studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1843, and began practicing in Prince William County, Virginia. He served as the commonwealth's attorney for Prince William County from 1849 to 1861. Hunton also became a colonel in the Virginia militia and was appointed general in 1847. He attended the Virginia Convention in 1861 and advocated secession. When the Civil War began, he resigned from the convention and was appointed colonel of the 8th Virginia Infantry and served at the battle of First Manassas. Later ounded at Gettysburg during Pickett's Charge, Hunton was appointed brigadier general in July 1863. He surrendered to Union forces 6 April 1865 and was held prisoner until July 1865. His home in Prince William County destroyed, Hunton moved to Warrenton, Virginia, and again began practicing law. Hunton served on the electoral commission to resolve the presidential election of 1876. Hunton served in the United States House of Representatives from 1873 to 1881 and in the United States Senate from 1892 to 1895. He returned to Warrenton to practice law. Hunton married Lucy Caroline Weir (1825-1899) in June 1848, and they had two children, one of whom died as an infant. Hunton died 11 October 1908 in Richmond, Virginia, and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
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