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James Patrick Major
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James Patrick Major
Born (1836-05-14)May 14, 1836
Died May 8, 1877(1877-05-08) (aged 40)
Place of birth Fayette, Missouri
Place of death Austin, Texas
Place of burial Donaldsonville, Louisiana
Allegiance United States United States of America
Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Confederate States Army
Years of service 1856 - 1861 (USA)
1861 - 1865 (CSA)
Rank Union army 2nd lt rank insignia Second Lieutenant (USA)
Confederate States of America General Brigadier General (CSA)
Battles/wars American Civil War
*Battle of Wilson's Creek
*Vicksburg Campaign
*Red River Campaign
Relations Governor of Louisiana Paul Octave Hébert (brother-in-law)

James Patrick Major (May 14, 1836 – May 8, 1877) was a career U.S. Army officer and a Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War.[1]

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.

In 1864, he fought at both Mansfield and Pleasant Hill in De Soto Parish and with General Hamilton P. Bee at Monett's Ferry in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.[2]

Post warEdit

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.

See alsoEdit


  1. "MAJOR, JAMES PATRICK (1836-1877)". The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  2. 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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