Alexander William Campbell

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Alexander William Campbell was born in Nashville, Tennessee, June 4, 1828. He was educated at West Tennessee College and Lebanon Law School, later becoming a partner of Howell E. Jackson, a former member of the United States Supreme Court. He enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private, was soon promoted major and assigned to staff duty for a time, and was then appointed colonel of the 33rd Tennessee. While leading his men at Shiloh, he was severely wounded and incapacitated for several months. His next tour of duty was as assistant adjutant and inspector general to Lieutenant General Polk, after which he served with the volunteer and conscript bureau under General Pillow.  Campbell was captured at Lexington, Tennessee, in July 1863, while on a mission for Governor Isham G. Harris to superintend elections and to recruit in the western part of the state. Apparently not exchanged until February 1865, he was, on the eighteenth of that month, announced as acting inspector general in orders from General Forrest's headquarters. A few days later he took command of a brigade in General W. H. Jackson's division of Forrest's corps, with which he served until the surrender. His commission as brigadier general was dated March 1, 1865. Resuming his law practice after the war, he interested himself in politics, and in 1880 unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor. He died at Jackson, Tennessee, June 13, 1893, and is buried there.

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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.