|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1845|
|Death: ||Jun. 1, 1944|
Lt. Co K 2nd MS Infantry C.S.A.
Proud Confederate Soldier
member of Gen. Leroy Stafford Camp #3
United Confederate Veterans
Louisiana Division Commander, United Confederate Veterans, 1935-1937
Born in Iuka, MS, in 1845, he was a student at the University of Mississippi when the war erupted. He joined Company K of the Second Mississippi Regulars, commanded by his uncle, Col. John M. Stone. Soon thereafter, he was commissioned a lieutenant, seeing service in the defense of Richmond, Virginia, under both General J.E.B. Stuart and General Stonewall Jackson, as well as General Robert E. Lee. After his release, Gellette went on to finish his education at Washington and Lee University and later studied veterinary medicine, eventually to become his career, in Canada.
In 1904 he married, for the first and only time, Mary Lucy Chandler of Claiborne Parish. Tweny nine years younger than her husband, Mary Gellette became the mother of two daughters and a son. In 1942, at age ninety-seven, Gellette, dressed in his Confederate Major General's uniform (for that was his rank in the United Confederate Veterans organization), pinned the bars of a Second Lieutenant on his son, William C. Gellette, at his graduation from infantry school. He went on to become an officer in the U.S. Army.
On June 1, 1944, at the age of ninety-eight years, eight months, and nine days, Otto Gellette died while opening his mail at his desk in the United Confederate Veterans office in the Caddo Parish Courthouse. He was buried with full military honors at Fillmore Cemetery.
(bio from "Eric Brock's Shreveport", used by permission)
Mary Lucy Chandler Gellette (1879 - 1939)
Alice A. Gellette (1909 - 1937)*
Created by: David Hill
Record added: Apr 04, 2005
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