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George B. Crittenden

George Bibb Crittenden
Born (1812-03-20)March 20, 1812
Russellville, Kentucky
Died November 27, 1880(1880-11-27) (aged 68)
Danville, Kentucky
Place of burial the State Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky
Allegiance United States of America
Republic of Texas
Confederate States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Army of the Republic of Texas
Confederate States Army
Years of service 1832–1833; 1846–1861 (USA)
1842–1843 (Texas)
1861–1865 (CSA)
Rank Lieutenant Colonel (USA)
2nd Lieutenant (Texas)
Major General (CSA)
Commands held 2nd Division of the Army of Central Kentucky
Battles/wars

Black Hawk War
Mexican-American War

American Civil War

Other work State Librarian of Kentucky

George Bibb Crittenden (March 20, 1812 – November 27, 1880) was a career United States Army officer who served in the Black Hawk War, the Army of the Republic of Texas, and the Mexican-American War, and was a general in the Confederate States Army in the American Civil War.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Civil War 2
  • Postbellum career 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Crittenden was born in Russellville, Kentucky, his father being the U.S. politician John J. Crittenden. His brother, Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, and cousin, Thomas Turpin Crittenden, were both future generals for the Union Army. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1832 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 4th U.S. Infantry. He fought in the Black Hawk War of 1832 and resigned his commission the following year. He attended Transylvania University and became a lawyer. He moved to the Republic of Texas in 1842 and joined the Army of the Republic of Texas. During the Mier Expedition of 1843, he was captured by the Mexican army and exchanged. He rejoined the U.S. Army in 1846 and fought with the Regiment of Mounted Rifles in the Mexican-American War. He was given a brevet promotion to major for gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco in 1847 and a permanent promotion to major in the regular army in 1848. However, on August 19, 1848, he was cashiered from the Army, to be restored in March 1849. He eventually reached the permanent rank of lieutenant colonel in 1856.

Civil War

Just before the start of the Battle of Mill Springs,[1] the first important Confederate defeat in the war, breaking the Southern hold on eastern Kentucky.

He briefly commanded the 2nd Division of the Army of Central Kentucky in 1862, but was relieved on March 31. He was arrested the next day on charges of drunkenness by the order of Maj. Gen. William J. Hardee and restored on April 18. General Braxton Bragg ordered a court of inquiry in July and Crittenden resigned as a general officer, reverting to colonel in October 1862.

Postbellum career

He served as the state librarian of Kentucky from 1867 to 1871. He died in Danville, Kentucky, and is buried in the State Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Warner, p. 66.

References

  • Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher. Civil War High Commands. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
  • Mercer University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-88146-151-0.
  • Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1959. ISBN 0-8071-0823-5.

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