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James Patrick Major
[[Image:180 px|center|200px|border]]James Patrick Major
Personal Information
Born: May 14, 1836(1836-05-14)
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Died: May 8, 1877 (aged 40)
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Allegiance: United States of America
Confederate States of America
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Branch: Confederate States Army
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Rank: Brigadier General
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Battles: American Civil War
*Battle of Wilson's Creek
*Vicksburg Campaign
*Red River Campaign
Relations: Governor of Louisiana Paul Octave Hébert (brother-in-law)
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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 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.[2]

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.

See also[]

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  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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