George Bibb Crittenden

Brigadier General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

George Bibb Crittenden was born at Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, March 20, 1812. He was graduated from West Point in the class of 1832, and saw service in the Black Hawk War. Resigning from the army the following year, he later went to the Republic of Texas and served in the Texas Army. He was captured by the Mexicans in the Mier expedition of 1843. After his release, he fought in the Mexican War as a captain of U. S. Mounted Rifles, winning the brevet of major for gallant conduct. Remaining in the U. S. Army thereafter, he had attained the rank of lieutenant colonel when he resigned in 1861 to cast his lot with the Confederacy. His brother, Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, adhered to the Union and became a major general of U. S. volunteers. George was commissioned brigadier general in the Confederate Army on August 15, 1861, and major general on November 9. As the result of disobedience of orders on the part of a subordinate (Zollicoffer), who was killed in the battle, Crittenden was forced to attack the Federal General George H. Thomas at Fishing Creek (Mill Springs) under unfavorable circumstances and was badly defeated, losing his artillery and trains.  He resigned his commission of major general in October 1862 and served out the balance of the war in various subordinate capacities. He was subsequently librarian of the state of Kentucky, and died in Danville, November 27, 1880. He is buried in the State Cemetery at Frankfort.

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