St. John Richardson Liddell

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St. John Richardson Liddell was born at "Elmsley" plantation, near Woodville, Mississippi, September 6, 1815. He received an appointment to West Point in 1833, but remained for only one year, presumably resigning because of his relatively low class standing. His father then purchased him a plantation in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, which became his home for the rest of his life. He was volunteer aide-de-camp with rank of colonel on the staff of General Hardee, and acted as confidential courier to General Sidney Johnston. Later he commanded a brigade at Corinth, and was promoted to brigadier general to rank from July 17, 1862. Liddell fought at Perryville, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga, after which he was assigned to the Trans-Mississippi Department. He was active in the Red River campaign under General Richard Taylor, and toward the end of the war, took part in the defense of Mobile, where he was captured at Fort Blakely on April 9, 1865. Some years later, on February 14, 1870, differences between himself and a neighboring planter, Charles Jones, late lieutenant colonel of the 17th Louisiana Infantry, resulted in Liddell's death on board a Black River steamboat at the hands of Jones and his two sons. General Liddell is buried on his plantation in Catahoula Parish.

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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