Alexander explores the brief but eventful life of Lawrence O'Bryan Branch. He studied law at Cambridge Law School and practiced law in Florida. There he served six months fighting the Seminole Indians. He returned home in 1848 and set up a practice in Raleigh and became involved in politics. The bulk of the article consists of his service at the Civil War in which he was a General. He was in the fight at New Bern, campaigned in Virginia, fought in the Seven Days Battle and at Cedar Mountain, and later Manassas, Harper's Ferry and Sharpsburg, where he was killed.