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Gen Allison Nelson
Birth: Mar. 11, 1822
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
Death: Oct. 7, 1862
Austin (Lonoke County)
Lonoke County
Arkansas, USA

Brigadier General, Confederate States Army. Allison was born in Fulton County, Georgia, to father John B. Nelson, who owned and operated the Nelson Ferry across the Chattahoochee River in DeKalb County, Georgia. When young Allison was three years old, his father was murdered by John W. Davis, and his mother continued to operate the ferry for a living, to keep the family together. Early on in his life, his leadership abilities were clearly demonstrated. When the Mexican War broke out, Allison organized a volunteer company called the Kennesaw Rangers, serving as Captain. Following the Mexican War, Nelson trained as a lawyer and in 1848 was elected to the Georgia legislature, where he served one term. When the unsuccessful insurrection for Cuban independence broke out, he volunteered to fight in Cuba under rebel General Narciso Lopez, and was made a General in the rebel army. In 1855, Nelson was elected Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, on the Democratic Party ticket after defeating Ira O. McDaniel, the Know-Nothing Party candidate. Less than five months later, in July 1856, he resigned the job of Mayor in protest after the city council reduced to a token fee a fine he had levied on two men for destroying city property. During the Kansas border disputes in 1856, he moved to Kansas to support the pro-slavery issue, but shortly after moving there, moved again to Meridian, Texas, where for the next four years, he became involved in Indian affairs while serving under Indian Agent Lawrence Ross. He distinguished himself as an Indian fighter and was personally commissioned a Captain of Militia by Texas Governor Hardin R. Runnels. In 1859, Nelson was elected to the Texas Legislature, and two years later, to the Secession Convention, a move he strongly approved of. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Nelson was promoted to Colonel and organized the Tenth Texas Infantry Regiment, which saw early service in neighboring Arkansas under General Thomas C. Hindman. On the recommendation of CSA General Theophilus H. Holmes, Nelson was promoted to Brigadier General on September 12, 1862, and assigned the command of the Second Division of General Holmes' army in Arkansas. Less than two weeks later, Nelson fell ill from typhoid fever and died near Austin, Arkansas on October 7, 1862, leaving behind a widow and three children. Holmes, his mentor, would write of his death "he is an irreplaceable loss to me." Nelson was buried in Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas. Camp Nelson, near the town of Austin, Arkansas, was named for him in his honor. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
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Mount Holly Cemetery
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA
 
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