|James Patrick Major|
James Patrick Major
|Born||May 14, 1836|
|Died||May 8, 1877(aged 40)|
|Place of birth||Fayette, Missouri|
|Place of death||Austin, Texas|
|Place of burial||Donaldsonville, Louisiana|
United States of America|
Confederate States of America
Confederate States Army
|Years of service||
1856 - 1861 (USA)|
1861 - 1865 (CSA)
Second Lieutenant (USA)|
Brigadier General (CSA)
American Civil War|
*Battle of Wilson's Creek
*Red River Campaign
|Relations||Governor of Louisiana Paul Octave Hébert (brother-in-law)|
US Cavalry serviceEdit
Major graduated 23rd in his class at the United States Military Academy and became a second lieutenant in the United States Cavalry in July 1856. He served on the Texas frontier and participated in the Battle of Wichita Village against the Comanche in 1858.
Confederate States ArmyEdit
Major resigned from the U. S. Army on March 21, 1861, and joined the Missouri State Guard as a lieutenant colonel. He fought in the Battle of Wilson's Creek on August 10, 1861. He was an acting commander in Earl Van Dorn's artillery during the Siege of Vicksburg. He was transferred to the trans-Mississippi theater and promoted to brigadier general in July 1863 and commanded a cavalry division in the Red River Campaign.
After the war, Major went to France and then returned to Louisiana and later to Texas where he died on May 8, 1877. He is buried in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.
- ↑ "MAJOR, JAMES PATRICK (1836-1877)". The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/MM/fma19.html. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- ↑ John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, pp. 340-347; 349-355, 362-363
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