John Creed Moore

Brigadier General

Monument: Find-a-Grave

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

John Creed Moore was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, February 28, 1824. He obtained his preparatory education at Emory and Henry College, and was graduated from the U. S. Military Academy in 1849. After seeing action in Florida against the Seminoles and garrison duty in Santa Fe and Baton Rouge, he resigned his commission in 1855. In 1861 he was a professor at Shelby College, Kentucky. He went to Galveston, Texas, in that year, and organized the 2nd Texas Infantry, of which he was elected colonel. At the head of this regiment he participated in the battle of Shiloh, and was commended for outstanding gallantry by his superior, General Withers. He was promoted brigadier general on May 26, 1862. He took part in the attack on Corinth, and in the Vicksburg campaign. After his capture and subsequent exchange at Vicksburg, he fought at Chattanooga under General Bragg. He was then sent to assist in the defense of Mobile, at the special request of General Maury, who assigned him to command the Eastern and Western Districts of the Department of the Gulf on December 10, 1863. For reasons not made apparent by the records General Moore resigned his commission in the Confederate service on February 3, 1864. For many years after the war he taught school in Texas, residing variously at Mexia and Dallas, and was a prolific contributor to magazines and journals. His death occurred at Osage, Coryell County, Texas, in his eighty-seventh year on December 31, 1910. He is buried in Osage.

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