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 Samuel Gibbs French

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Samuel Gibbs French

  • Birth 22 Nov 1818 Mullica Hill, Gloucester County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 20 Apr 1910 Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
  • Plot Plot 25 Lot 27 Space 2
  • Memorial ID 4532

Civil War Confederate Major General. New Jersey-born West Point Graduate (class of 1843) who fought for the South. Some of his USMA classmates were future Union Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William B. Franklin, as well as future CSA Generals Roswell Ripley and Franklin Gardner. Served as an officer in the Artillery during the Mexican War, being wounded at the Battle of Buena Vista, and receiving brevets of Captain and Major, US Regular Army. The State legislature of New Jersey presented an engraved sword to him in recognition of his bravery in Mexico. He married a Southern woman during his tenure in the Army, and resigned his commission in 1856 to become a Southern planter. When the Civil War started he opted for his adopted South, and became a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army in October 1861. His service took first took him to the East, where he participated in the Peninsular Campaign and operations in North Carolina. Promoted to Major General in August 1862, he was assigned to command a division in the Army of the Tennessee, leading his command in the Battles of Jackson, Atlanta, and Nashville. Illness forced him to return home in December 1864, but he soon returned to service commanding forces in Mobile, Alabama, to the end of the war. he spent the next 45 years of
his life as a successful planter in Florida. He wrote an autobiographical account of his war services, titled "Two Wars". Buried in Pensacola, Florida, a cenotaph stands for him in his family's plot in Philadelphia's Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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  • Added: 11 Feb 1999
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Gibbs French (22 Nov 1818–20 Apr 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4532, citing Saint John's Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .