Albert Gallatin Jenkins

(1830-1864)

Brigadier General

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

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Albert Gallatin Jenkins, a native of what is now West Virginia, was born in Cabell County, November 10, 1830. After graduation from Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1848, and from Harvard Law School two years later, he practiced law at Charleston, (West) Virginia, until his election to the Federal Congress in 1856. He resigned his seat in April 1861, in order to recruit a company of cavalry in the mountain counties of his native state. Soon he rose to be colonel of the 8th Virginia Cavalry, with which he participated in a number of demoralizing raids. As a result, he won considerable renown as a leader of independent horse. Jenkins was elected to the First Regular Confederate Congress, and was shortly promoted brigadier general on August 5, 1862. He led his command on a five hundred mile raid into Western Virginia and Ohio. Severely wounded at Gettysburg, he returned to his mountain command in the autumn of 1863, and on May 9, 1864 opposed the greatly superior force of the Federal General George Crook on Cloyd's Mountain near Dublin, in Pulaski County. In an attempt to rally a regiment which had broken, General Jenkins was wounded and captured. His arm was amputated at the shoulder by a Federal surgeon, but, failing to rally from the operation, he died on May 21. Twice previously interred, he is now buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington, West Virginia.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.