George Baird Hodge

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George Baird Hodge was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, April 8, 1828, and was graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1845. Resigning his commission of passed midshipman (acting lieutenant) in 1850, he studied law, was admitted to the Kentucky bar, and attained some prominence in politics. He served in the legislature and was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1852. Enlisting in the Confederate Army as a private in 1861, he was soon after elected to the Provisional Congress of the Confederacy from his native state, and later to the First Regular Congress. Hodge seems to have divided his time between the legislative halls and the tented field. He served on the staff of General John C. Breckinridge with successive promotions to captain, major, and colonel. He later commanded a cavalry brigade under Wheeler, and in the closing months of the war was in command of the District of Southwest Mississippi and East Louisiana. He was twice appointed brigadier general by President Davis, first to rank from November 20, 1863, and on the second occasion from August 2, 1864. Both nominations were rejected by the Senate, the last on February 8, 1865. He was, however, paroled as a brigadier at Meridian, Mississippi, May 10, 1865, after which he returned to his home in Newport, Kentucky, and resumed his law practice. He was Presidential Elector for Greeley in 1872 and a member of the Kentucky senate from 1873 to 1877. He moved to Florida in the latter year, and died in Longwood, Orange County, August 1, 1892. His body was taken to Newport for burial.

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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.