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Gen Christopher Haynes “Kit” Mott

Gen Christopher Haynes “Kit” Mott

Livingston County, Kentucky, USA
Death 5 May 1862 (aged 35)
Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA
Burial Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 10527605 · View Source
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Brig. Gen. Christopher Haynes (Kit) Mott;

Mott was born June 23, 1826 in Livingston County, Kentucky. When he was very young, his family moved to Holly Springs, Ms., where he was educated at St. Thomas Hall. He studied law under Roger Barton and later practiced law with James L. Autry and L.Q.C. Lamar in Holly Springs and surrounding counties.
Christopher married Sally Govan in 1853. By this time he had taken a job with the United States government and they moved him to the west coast. He and Sally went to New York where they took a "Steamer" to Mexico. There was no Panama Canal so they walked across Mexico and took another "steamer" when they got to the Pacific coast to San Francisco. They lived in Oregon Territory and California for awhile.

He fought in the Mexican War and was elevated to Lt. of the Marshall Guards, Co. I, 1st Miss. Infantry.

Gen. Mott served a term in the State Legislature, was a Judge of the Probate Court and a one-time special commissioner of the US Government to investigate the official conduct of Federal officers in California and Oregon.

At the outbreak of the WBTS, he organized the Jeff Davis Rifles, but was then chosen as one of four Brigadier Generals of the State of Mississippi, commanding the Ninth and Tenth Mississippi.

Gen. Mott became dissatisfied with serving in a State position in a State position and his commission as Brigadier General of State troops and accepted a position as Colonel of the 19th Mississippi Infantry.

Lt. Col. of the Regiment was L.Q.C. Lamar, Mott's former law partner. Mott had been recommended for a promotion to Brigadier General of the Confederate States Army when he was killed May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Williamsburg.

Sally was living in Virginia to be close to Christopher when he was killed in the Battle of Williamsburg. Motts' manservant was with him in the battle. After Mott died, the servant picked him up and carried him off the field of battle. Mott was buried there and later interred in Hillcrest in the Govan lot. He didn't live to receive his Confederate commission as a general.

Sally lived at "Snowden", a plantation along the Sylvestria Road with her family. The Yankees came to burn her house but the commanding officer told Mrs. Govan that he would hold the torch long enough for her to retrieve one possession. She ran back inside the house and saved a beautiful blue and white pitcher.

After the war, his remains were returned to Holly Springs and placed in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Mott Originally Buried in Williamsburg; Later Moved in Hill Crest on Govan Lot.

Sally went on a trip to Columbus after the War. She was crossing the river on a ferry boat when Mr. Billups saw her and fell madly in love with her. They married and had several children. Sally named her house there "Snowden" also. She is buried in Hillcrest by General Mott.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Christopher Haynes “Kit” Mott (23 Jun 1826–5 May 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10527605, citing Hill Crest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .