John Breckinridge Grayson

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John Breckinridge Grayson, born at "Cabell's Dale," Fayette County, Kentucky, October 18, 1806, was graduated from West Point in the class of 1826. His long service in the old army embraced action against the Seminoles in Florida, and duty as Winfield Scott's chief of commissariat in the Mexico City campaign of 1847. He received the brevets of major for gallant and meritorious conduct at the battles of Contreras and Churubusco, and lieutenant colonel at Chapultepec. He resigned his commission of major-commissary of subsistence, July 1, 1861 (date of acceptance), while serving in New Mexico Territory. President Davis soon after commissioned him brigadier general in the Provisional Army, from August 15, 1861, and assigned him to command of the Department of Middle and Eastern Florida, with headquarters at Fernandina. However, he contracted a "disease of the lungs," to which he succumbed at Tallahassee on October 21, 1861. General Grayson's remains were brought to New Orleans for burial by his son, a captain in the Washington artillery, in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

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