Alexander Travis Hawthorn

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Alexander Travis Hawthorn was born near Evergreen, in Conecuh County, Alabama, January 10, 1825, and was educated at Evergreen Academy and Mercer University. He then studied law at Yale University for two years, from 1846 to 1847, and located in Camden, Arkansas, where he commenced his practice. When the 6th Arkansas Infantry was organized in 1861, he was elected first its lieutenant colonel and then, the following spring, was appointed its colonel. He was present at the battle of Shiloh and took a gallant part in the assault on Fort Hindman, in 1863, during the attack on Helena, Arkansas. In 1864 he led a brigade in General Churchill's division, during the joint campaign of the Federal Generals Banks and Steele; and was a participant in the battle of Jenkins' Ferry. Meanwhile he had been promoted brigadier from February 18, 1864. He continued in Churchill's division until the close of the war. He immigrated to Brazil at that time, but returned to the United States in 1874 and engaged in business in Atlanta. Six years later General Hawthorn entered the Baptist ministry and was ordained, after which he lived in Texas until his death, May 31, 1899, at Dallas.  He is buried in Marshall, Texas.

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