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Robert Plunket Maclay
Birth: Feb. 19, 1820
Mifflin County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 20, 1903
Fordoche
Pointe Coupee Parish
Louisiana, USA

Civil War Confederate General. An artillery officer who was both liked and respected, he had distinguished service in the western theater of the conflict. Born to a prominent Pennsylvania family that had produced two US Senators and a Congressman, he was educated at the Lewiston Academy then gained admission to West Point from which he graduated in 1840. Starting his Army career with the 8th. Infantry during the Seminole War, he served under the command of General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War and was wounded at Resaca de la Palma though he recovered in time to participate in the defense of Puebla. After fighting in Mexico he spent the rest of his time in the Army at various posts in Texas and resigned his commission on December 31, 1860 to look after his Louisiana plantations. With the coming of war he sided with his Southern friends and neighbors and became on officer of Louisiana State Militia, then was commissioned a major in the regular Confederate Army on October 31, 1862. Assigned to the staff of Major General John G. Walker of the Texas Infantry in the Trans-Mississippi Department, he served at Milliken's Bend in 1863, then in General Dick Taylor's Red River campaign of 1864, and at the April 30, 1864, Battle of Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas. Having taken-on ever increasing responsibilities under Walker Maclay was appointed brigadier general by General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department, on May 13, 1864, to rank from April 30, 1864. Despite some resentment over the multi-paygrade promotion of a major he commanded Waul's brigade of Walker's division and later Horace Randal's brigade. Maclay was one of nine generals so appointed; the legality of the promotions and the extent of Smith's authority are still debated. However all nine officers are listed in the official records as generals and were considered, and paid, as such during the war. After the cessation of hostilities General Maclay was a planter in Louisiana and Mississippi and was active in the Episcopal Church. He died at the home of his daughter on Levy Plantation. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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Maclay Plantation
Fordoche
Pointe Coupee Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Jan 08, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23846291
Robert Plunket Maclay
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