Henry DeLamar Clayton

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Henry DeLamar Clayton was born in Pulaski County, Georgia, March 7, 1827. After graduation from Emory and Henry College in Virginia, he read law in Eufaula, Alabama, and afterwards opened an office in nearby Clayton. He was a member of the Alabama legislature, 1857-61. Clayton was at first colonel of the 1st Alabama Infantry, stationed at Pensacola; he then re­cruited the 39th Alabama, which he led in Bragg's Kentucky invasion, and was later severely wounded at the battle of Murfreesboro. He was promoted brigadier general to rank from April 22, 1863, and major general from July 7, 1864. Meantime he had been conspicuous at Chickamauga and in the opening battles of the Atlanta campaign. Succeeding to the command of General A. P. Stewart's old division, he took part in the battles around Atlanta, Jonesboro, and in the invasion of Tennessee. He was especially commended by General Hood during the first part of the retreat from Nashville, where his division and General E. W. Pettus' brigade acted as rear guard of the army until relieved by General Stevenson. He surrendered with General Joseph E. Johnston in North Carolina. After the return of peace General Clayton engaged in planting and the practice of law, and was for a time a circuit court judge in Alabama. His death occurred in Tuscaloosa on October 13, 1889; he is buried in Eufaula, Alabama.

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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.