(1826–95) Confederate army officer, born in Monroe, Virginia. Mahone achieved his greatest fame in the fighting around Petersburg (1864), when, at the Battle of the Crater, he led the counterattack that restored a badly broken Confederate line, earning the praise of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Previously Mahone had taken part in the battle of Seven Pines and the Seven Days' battles (1862), as well as First Bull Run (1861) (at which he was wounded), Fredericksburg (1862), and Chancellorsville (1863).
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.