Jacob Hunter Sharp

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Jacob Hunter Sharp was born at Pickensville, Alabama, February 6, 1833. He was taken in infancy by his parents to Lowndes County, Mississippi. He attended the University of Alabama in 1850-51. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Columbus, Mississippi. Enlisting in 1861 as a private in the 1st Battalion Mississippi Infantry (later part of the 44th Mississippi), he was elected captain and fought at Shiloh, in the Kentucky campaign, and at Murfreesboro. He was promoted colonel before Chickamauga and led the 44th there and during the subsequent Chattanooga campaign. In the course of the Atlanta campaign (July 26, 1864) he was promoted brigadier general to supply the place of General William F. Tucker, who had been disabled by wounds. Thereafter he led his brigade with marked gallantry in Hood's Tennessee expedition and during the campaign of the Carolinas. He apparently fought his last battle at Bentonville, since no record of his personal parole at Greensboro has been found. After the war General Sharp resumed his law practice, purchased the Columbus (Miss.) Independent, and became president of the Mississippi Press Association. He was active in the white supremacy movement during Reconstruction days; and was a member of the legislature from 1886 to 1890, being at one time speaker of the house. He died at Columbus on September 15, 1907, and is buried there.

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

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