Henry Brevard Davidson

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Henry Brevard Davidson was born in Shelbyville, Tennessee, January 28, 1831, and when but fifteen years of age, enlisted as a private in the 1st Tennessee Volunteers for service in the Mexican War. For gallantry in action he was promoted sergeant, and received an appointment to West Point in 1848, where he was graduated in the class of 1853. After service on the frontier as an officer of dragoons, he resigned in 1861 and went into the Confederate Army with appointment as major in the Adjutant and Inspector General's Department. He was attached successively to the staffs of Generals Floyd, Buckner, A. S. Johnston, and Mackall, and was promoted to colonel. With Mackall he was captured at Island No. 10 by the Federal General John Pope in April 1862. Commissioned brigadier general on August 18, 1863 and assigned to a command in Wheeler's cavalry corps, he was subsequently transferred to Virginia, where lie operated under General Lomax in the Valley campaign ot 1864. The close of the war found him in North Carolina, where lie surrendered with General Joseph E. Johnston at Greensboro. General Davidson took up residence in California post bellum, engaged in civil engineering, was deputy secretary of state for some years. Toward the end of his life he became agent of the Southern Pacific Railroad at Danville. He died near Livermore, California, March 4, 1899, and is buried in Oakland.

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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.