James Edwin Slaughter


James Edwin Slaughter Famous memorial

Culpeper County, Virginia, USA
Death 1 Jan 1901 (aged 73)
Mexico City, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Burial Cuauhtemoc, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Memorial ID 11076 View Source

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He was born in Cedar Mountain, Virginia and was related to President James Madison. While attending The Virginia Military Institute, he accepted a commission in the Army and saw service in the Mexican War. He switched to the confederate cause at the start of the civil war where he served under General Braxton Bragg as a staff officer. Promotion to brigadier general and on to the staff of General Albert Sidney Johnston as assistant inspector general at Shiloh. More staff appointments followed. Chief of artillery, then chief of staff under Major General John R. Magruder in Texas. Finally given a command, he had the distinction commanding what was to be the last battle of the civil war. (Battle of Palmitto Ranch, Brownsville, Texas, fought on the 12th & 13th day of May, 1865) With the southern surrender, he like many other Confederates refused to live under northern rule and fled to various places south of the border countries. Gen. Slaughter chose Mexico. Disenchanted, he returned to live in Mobil, Alabama. In the post-war, he worked as a civil engineer and became Postmaster of Mobil. While visiting his extended family in Mexico City in 1900, he was stricken and died. It was decided because of his being a veteran of the Mexican War, it would be appropriate to bury him at the American cemetery in Mexico City which was conceived for the interment of American dead killed during that war which could not be identified. (Bio by John R. Mark)

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  • Added: 15 Jul 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Edwin Slaughter (c.1 Jun 1827–1 Jan 1901), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11076, citing Mexico City National Cemetery and Memorial, Cuauhtemoc, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Distrito Federal, Mexico ; Maintained by Find a Grave .