John Herbert Kelly
John Herbert Kelly, the youngest general officer in the Confederate Army at the time of his appointment, was born at Carrollton, Pickens County, Alabama, March 31, 1840. He was orphaned at the age of six and was brought up in the home of his maternal grandmother at Pineapple, Alabama. He entered West Point in 1857, but resigned from the Academy on December 29, 1860, and was shortly commissioned a 2nd lieutenant of artillery in the Regular Army of the Confederate States. Kelly had an all-too-brief but most distinguished record. First on the staff of General Hardee with rank of captain, he was on September 23, 1861 commissioned major of the 14th Arkansas. At Shiloh he commanded the 9th Arkansas Battalion, and for gallantry on the field was promoted colonel of the 8th Arkansas a month later. He commanded his regiment at Perryville and Murfreesboro, and led a brigade of Buckner's corps at Chickamauga, after which he was endorsed for appointment to the grade of brigadier general. Commissioned brigadier to rank from November 16, 1863, General Kelly was assigned a division of cavalry in Wheeler's corps and made a handsome reputation during the Atlanta campaign. In the course of Wheeler's raid on Sherman's communications in the late summer of 1864, Kelly was mortally wounded in an engagement at Franklin, Tennessee, on September 2. Left in the care of the family of William H. Harrison, five miles south of the town, he died a few days later, probably on the fourth. He was first buried in the yard of the Harrison home; his remains were re-interred in Mobile in 1866.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.