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Gen John Thomas Pickett

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Gen John Thomas Pickett

  • Birth 9 Oct 1820 Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 18 Oct 1884 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Keyworth Family Vault
  • Memorial ID 6041204

Educated as a lawyer in U. Transylvania, Ky. Appointed to West Point in 1841. Resigned to accept post as U.S. Council (West Indies (Turk's Island)). He became a ?General? soldiering with Lajos (Lewis) Kossuth in the short lived Hungarian Revolution. Joined the 1849 Round Island expedition, which he helped organize in New York. Served as Lieutenant Colonel and Chief officer with Col. Theodore O'Hara of the vessel Georgiana during the May 1850 expedition. (Caldwell, Lopez Expeditions, p. 59). After Battle of Cardenas Col. Pickett had a $25,000 reward for his head by Capt. Gen. of Cuba. Indicted 21 June 1850 in New Orleans for his role in the 1850 Lopez Expedition. (Democratic Review, April 1852, 308). Served as full Colonel. Pledged to the 1854 Quitman expedition (New York Times, 6-22-1854-4). From 1853 to 1861 he served as U.S. Consul to Vera Cruz. When the "Southern War of Rebellion" broke out he was appointed the Confederate Commissioner to Mexico. Served as General John Breckenridge's staff, asst. Adjt. General C.S.A. army. In 1863 Secretary of First Confederate Peace mission. 1864 - 1865 Special envoy extraordinary to Mexico (arranged escape of CSA officials). Towards the end of 1865, John Thomas was selected as Santa Anna's chief of staff. During the later half of 1866 and 1867 Pickett was associated with a failed railroad project of the Louisiana Tehuantepec Company. It had failed because Mexico did not take the project seriously. Lawyer in DC until end of life.

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  • Originally Created by: K M
  • Added: 21 Dec 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6041204
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen John Thomas Pickett (9 Oct 1820–18 Oct 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6041204, citing Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .