John Horace Forney

Major General

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

John Horace Forney, a younger brother of William Henry Forney, was born at Lincolnton, North Carolina, August 12, 1829, and was educated at West Point, where he was graduated in 1852. His parents had meantime moved to Alabama, and upon his resignation from the old army at the outbreak of war, he entered Confederate service as colonel of the 10th Alabama Infantry. He was promoted brigadier to rank from March 10, 1862, and major general on October 27. There appears to be no valid reason for his rapid promotion, inasmuch as his war record was neither particularly impressive, nor was he accorded special approbation by his superiors. He saw action at First Manassas in Kirby Smith's brigade and was wounded at Dranesville in December 1861. He held departmental command in Alabama and Florida and directed a division of General John C. Pemberton's army at Vicksburg, where he was captured. His subsequent service was in the Trans-Mississippi Department, where he succeeded to the command of John G. Walker's division. For a time he was supernumerary and without a command. After the war General Forney was a farmer and civil engineer in Alabama. He died in Jacksonville, September 13, 1902, and is buried there.

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