Roger Weightman Hanson

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.

Roger Weightman Hanson, "Old Flintlock," was born in Clark County, Kentucky, August 27, 1827. He served as a 1st lieutenant of Kentucky volunteers in the Mexican War, after which he studied law and commenced practice in his native state. In 1853 and 1855 a member of the Kentucky legislature, he was a Fillmore Elector in 1856, was defeated for Congress the following year, and stumped the state for the Presidential ticket of Bell and Everett in 1860. Though strongly conservative and first opposed to secession, Hanson in 1861 was enrolled in the Kentucky State Guard as colonel, and on September 3 of that year was commissioned colonel of the 2nd Kentucky Infantry in the Confederate service. Captured at Fort Donelson, while serving in General S. B. Buckner's command, and not exchanged until late in 1862, he was promoted brigadier general, to rank from December 13. He was assigned to the command of the Kentucky brigade of John C. Breckinridge's division, which he led at the battle of Murfreesboro. In a charge which cost his brigade four hundred casualties and the division as a whole seventeen hundred, Hanson was mortally wounded on January 2, 1863, and died two days later in a house near the battlefield. He is buried in Lexington, Kentucky.

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