John Gregg

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John Gregg, a native of Lawrence County, Alabama, was born September 28, 1828, and moved to La Grange, Alabama, in boyhood. He received his early education at La Grange College, after which he studied law in Tuscumbia. Emigrating to Fairfield, Texas, in 1852, he was elected district judge in 1856, a member of the secession convention in 1861, and to the Provisional Confederate Congress the same year. Resigning his seat in the latter body after the battle of First Manassas, he returned to Texas and recruited the 7th Texas Infantry, of which he was elected colonel. He and his regiment were surrendered at Fort Donelson the following February, and after exchange he was promoted brigadier general to rank from August 29, 1862. He was assigned to John B. Hood's division of Longstreet's corps, and his brigade was part of the "wedge" driven into the Federal line at Chickamauga. Gregg himself was severely wounded in the battle. After his recovery he was assigned to command of the Texas brigade, which he led with conspicuous bravery at the Wilderness and during the ensuing Overland campaign of 1864. He was killed in action on the Charles City Road below Richmond, on the morning of October 7, 1864. General Gregg is buried in Aberdeen, Mississippi.

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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.