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James Patrick Major

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Name  James Major

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Born  May 14, 1836 Fayette, Missouri (1836-05-14)
Place of burial  Donaldsonville, Louisiana
Service/branch  United States Army  Confederate States Army
Years of service  1856 - 1861 (USA) 1861 - 1865 (CSA)
Rank  Second Lieutenant (USA) Brigadier General (CSA)
Battles/wars  American Civil War *Battle of Wilson's Creek *Vicksburg Campaign *Red River Campaign
Relations  Governor of Louisiana Paul Octave Hebert (brother-in-law)
Died  May 8, 1877, Austin, Texas, United States
Education  United States Military Academy
Allegiance  United States of America, Confederate States of America

James Patrick Major

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.


US Cavalry service

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 Army

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.

Post war

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, Ascension Parish, Louisiana in an ornate tomb in the Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church Cemetery.


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