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 James Thaddeus Holtzclaw

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James Thaddeus Holtzclaw Famous memorial

Birth
McDonough, Henry County, Georgia, USA
Death
19 Jul 1893 (aged 60)
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Burial
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID
8758 View Source

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. At the start of the Civil War, he was a lawyer in practice when appointed a Major in the 18th Alabama Infantry. With the 18th Alabama, he fought at Corinth, Mississippi, Shiloh, Tennessee and was promoted Lieutenant Colonel in July, 1862. In 1863, he was sent to the Army of Tennessee, was promoted Colonel and led a regiment at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia. After the fight at Chickamauga and siege of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he received a promotion to Brigadier General in June, 1864. As General, he led a brigade through the Atlanta Campaign serving as General John Bell Hood's Army rear guard until ordered to Mobile, Alabama at the end of the war. Following the war, he resumed legal practice and served on the Alabama Railroad Commission. In addition to being a lawyer, he also owned a plantation in Georgia and was an enslaver. Among his many assets was a slave named MAHALIA (part African-American and part Cherokee-Indian), who bore him eleven children by the time slavery ended, though only four are known; Jules, Jerry, Caleb, and Charley. All eleven children took the Holtzclaw name when they were freed after the war.

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. At the start of the Civil War, he was a lawyer in practice when appointed a Major in the 18th Alabama Infantry. With the 18th Alabama, he fought at Corinth, Mississippi, Shiloh, Tennessee and was promoted Lieutenant Colonel in July, 1862. In 1863, he was sent to the Army of Tennessee, was promoted Colonel and led a regiment at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia. After the fight at Chickamauga and siege of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he received a promotion to Brigadier General in June, 1864. As General, he led a brigade through the Atlanta Campaign serving as General John Bell Hood's Army rear guard until ordered to Mobile, Alabama at the end of the war. Following the war, he resumed legal practice and served on the Alabama Railroad Commission. In addition to being a lawyer, he also owned a plantation in Georgia and was an enslaver. Among his many assets was a slave named MAHALIA (part African-American and part Cherokee-Indian), who bore him eleven children by the time slavery ended, though only four are known; Jules, Jerry, Caleb, and Charley. All eleven children took the Holtzclaw name when they were freed after the war.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 6 Mar 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 8758
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8758/james-thaddeus-holtzclaw: accessed ), memorial page for James Thaddeus Holtzclaw (17 Dec 1832–19 Jul 1893), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8758, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .