Colonel John Snodgrass (CSA)

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John Snodgrass

Birthdate: (52)
Death: 1888 (52)
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Snodgrass and Susan Caroline Snodgrass
Husband of Mary Jane Snodgrass

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About Colonel John Snodgrass (CSA)

SNODGRASS, John, Col. [19 May 1836-19 Aug 1888, Tullahoma, TN] (a merchant in Bellefonte; enlisted, May 61, as captain and raised a company of Martin's 2nd Confederate Regiment; wounded, Shiloh, in the head; formed a battalion of six AL companies after Shiloh, denoted as 4th, 10th, or 16th Albama Battalion prior to Feb 63 when it was combined with Norwood's Battalion to form the 55th Alabama Regiment; Snodgrass led the battalion at Baton Rouge, Corinth, and later commanded the regiment; promoted to command brigade; mustered out, Atlanta; took oath of allegiance, Nashville, 18 May 65; returned to Scottsboro, aged 29, where he engaged in various business activities until his death; he was 6' 1" tall, with gray eyes, a fair complexion, and dark hair)

Commanded Scott's Brigade at the Battle of Franklin and the Battle of Nashville.


John Snodgrass, merchant, colonel, C. S. Army, was born May 19, 1836, in

Jackson County, and died August 19, 1888, at Scottsboro; son of Thomas and
Caroline (Martin) Snodgrass, the former, who was a native of Jackson County;
grandson of John and Jane (Long) Snodgrass, who lived at Bellefonte, and of
John and Ruth (Burns) Martin, who lived at Bellefonte; great-grandson of Col.
William Snodgrass of Tennessee who was a veteran of the Revolutionary war, of
John Burns, of South Carolina, who served in the American Army, 1777-79, and
of Captain John Martin, who was a veteran of the Revolutionary War;
great-great-grandson of Abraham and Elizabeth (Marshall) Martin, the latter
who delivered despatches to Gen. Greene which her daughter had taken from a
courier; and nephew of Gen. Benjamin Snodgrass, at one time a resident of
Jackson County. 

His early education was received under the instruction of his

cousin, Alex Snodgrass, and he was then sent to Huntsville to finish his
education. He was a merchant at Bellefonte when the War of Secession broke
out, and he enlisted, in May, 1861, in the C. S. Army, as captain of one of
the first companies raised in the county. He served in Martin's Second
Confederate regiment under Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, and with this regiment
fought at Shiloh. He was then made lieutenant-colonel of a battalion of six
companies, which was called Snodgrass's battalion, and he led this command at
Baton Rouge, Corinth, and until February, 1863, when Norwood's battalion was
thrown with his, and the Fifty-fifth Alabama regiment organized, of which he
became colonel. He served with that regiment and the western army, until the
close of the war, commanding Scott's brigade, consisting of the Twelfth
Louisiana, the Ninth Arkansas, and the Twenty-seventh, Thirty-fifth,
Forty-ninth, Fifty-fifth, and Fifty-seventh Alabama regiments, from the battle
of Franklin until Hood left Tennessee. 

After the war, he returned home and engaged in the mercantile business which business he continued in until his death. He was a Democrat, and often served as chairman of the executive committee, and was a delegate to the national convention that named Grover Cleveland presidential candidate. He was a member of the Episcopal church, and served as senior warden and lay reader of St. Luke's church, at Scottsboro, and was an Odd Fellow and Knight of Honor.

Married: in 1861, in Jackson County to a Miss Brown, daughter of Jeremiah and Mary (Williams) Brown who lived in Jackson County; granddaughter of Samuel and Margaret (Gwynne) Williams, the latter who was of the Virginia line, who owned Gwynne's Island, and who trace their ancestry to a common ancestor of the King of England; great-granddaughter of Samuel and Mary M. Williams.

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Age 52