Samuel Jameson Gholson

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Samuel Jameson Gholson was born in Madison County, Kentucky, May 19, 1808. He moved to Alabama with his parents as a small boy; later he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1829, and then moved to Mississippi. He was a member of the Mississippi state legislature on three different occasions in the 1830's; he also served parts of two consecutive terms in Congress; and, from 1839 until 1861, was United States district judge. When Mississippi seceded, Gholson enlisted as a private in the state forces and rose to brigadier general. His commission in the Provisional Army dated from May 6, 1864. Meanwhile, he was at Fort Donelson, at Iuka, and at Corinth. During the balance of the war he operated in Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana, where he was in command of a brigade of cavalry attached to Chalmers' division of Forrest's corps. He was severely wounded and lost an arm during an engagement at Egypt, Mississippi, in December 1864. Again elected to the state legislature in 1865, he served until passage of the Reconstruction Act of 1867, and was once more elected in 1878. General Gholson died at his home in Aberdeen, Mississippi, October 16, 1883, and is there buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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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.