Brig. General James Patrick Major (CSA)

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James Patrick Major

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Birthplace: Fayette, Howard County, Missouri, United States
Death: May 08, 1877 (40)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Collier Major, I and Elizabeth Major
Husband of Emily Lynch Shiff and Eliza Major
Father of Mary Major
Brother of Jeanette Major; Sarah Gardenhire Simpson; Euphrates Major; Samuel Collier Major, II; Elizabeth Findley and 4 others

Occupation: Brigadier General (CSA), U.S. Army officer and a Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War
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About Brig. General James Patrick Major (CSA)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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, Louisiana.

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Brig. General James Patrick Major (CSA)'s Timeline

1836
May 14, 1836
Fayette, Howard County, Missouri, United States
1877
May 8, 1877
Age 40
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
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United States Military Academy