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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1856

Vol. II

(Born Mo.)

James P. Major​a1

(Ap'd Mo.)


James Patrick Majors:​a2 Born May 14, 1836, Fayette, MO.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1852, to July 1, 1856, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Cavalry, July 1, 1856.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1856‑57;

(Second Lieut., 2d Cavalry, Dec. 1, 1856)

and on frontier duty at Ft. Clark, Tex., 1857, — Scouting, 1857, being engaged against Comanche Indians, in a Skirmish near Ft. Clark, Tex., Aug., 1857, and against Kiowa and Comanche Indians, near Grand Saline, Aug. 6, 1857, — Ft. Mason, Tex., 1857‑58, — Wichita Expedition, 1858,  p656 being engaged against Comanche Indians in an Action near Wichita Village, Tex., Oct. 1, 1858, where he killed three Indians with his own hands, — Scouting, 1858, — Camp Radziminski, Tex., 1858‑59, — San Antonio, Tex., 1859, — Camp Colorado, Tex., 1859, — and at Indianola, Tex., Commissary Depot, 1859‑61.

Resigned, Mar. 21, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Civil History. — Planter, in Louisiana and Texas, 1866‑77.​c

Died, May 8,​d 1877, at Austin, Tex.: Aged 44.

Thayer's Notes:

a1 a2 His tombstone (q.v.) gives his name as Majors, as do a number of official records referring to him. The family name seems to have been fluid at the time, to judge from genealogical webpages; and other official records have Major.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was promoted brigadier general on July 21, 1863, and commanded various cavalry brigades and divisions. His tombstone (q.v.) gives him the rank of Major-General.

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c By his marriage in 1871 to Emily Schiff née Hébert, he became the brother-in‑law of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Paul Hébert.

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d His tombstone (q.v.) gives May 7.

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