Elkanah Brackin Greer

Headstone reference: Find-a-Grave

Elkanah Brackin Greer was born at Paris, Tennessee, October 11, 1825.  He moved to Mississippi as a young man and took part in the Mexican War as a member of the 1st Mississippi Rifles, whose colonel was Jefferson Davis. In 1848 he moved to Marshall, Texas, where he established himself as a planter and merchant, and became grand commander of the Knights of the Golden Circle in 1859. Commissioned colonel of the 3rd Texas Cavalry in July 1861, his first engagement was that of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, the following month. He was present at Elkhorn Tavern, where he was slightly wounded. Promoted brigadier general on October 8, 1862, he was soon after appointed chief of the bureau of conscription in the Trans-Mississippi Department. His time in this office was mainly spent in a courageous, but not altogether successful, endeavor to reconcile the laws of the Richmond government with those of the state of Texas. During the operations of 1864 General Greer also commanded the reserve forces of the Department. After the war he continued to live in Marshall, and died while on a visit to his sister in DeVall's Bluff, Arkansas, March 25, 1877. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee.

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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.