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General Samuel G. French

Samuel Gibbs French, born in 1818 in New Jersey, died in 1910.

Bronze statue above is at the National Military Park in Vicksburg, MS

An officer in the armies of the United States and the Confederate States, a Graduate from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 1843; Mexican War 1846-1848; War Between the States.

Born in New Jersey in 1818 and a graduate of West Point in 1843, Samuel G. French won distinction in the Mexican War (1846-1848) as a lieutenant of light artillery, serving in the same company with Braxton Bragg, George H. Thomas and John F. Reynolds. He fought at Palo Alto, Resaca and Monterey, receiving two brevets for gallantry and a serious leg wound in the battle of Buena Vista. Settling later in Mississippi, joined the Confederacy at the start of the war and reached the grade of major general and division commander, serving with Longstreet in Virginia, Johnston in Mississippi and Georgia, and Hood in some of the Army of Tennessee's last battles. His division saw bloody action at Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Allatoona, Franklin and Nashville.

U.S. Mexican War and Samuel G. French

Two Wars. The Autobiography and Diary of General Samuel G. French, CSA. Winner of the 1999 MOS&B Basil W. Duke Award, the yearŐs best reprint in Confederate history. View lists Samuel Gibbs French as born 22 Nov 1818 in Mullica Hill, Gloucester Co., NY, d. 20 Apr 1910 in Florida, the son of Samuel and Rebecca (Clark) French of Gloucester Co., NJ.

Samuel Gibbs French, b. 22 Nov 1818
Samuel French, b. 10 Apr 1779 in Gloucester Co., NJ
Samuel French, b. 17 Sep 1748 in Gloucester Co., NJ
Charles French Jr., b. 12 Aug 1714 in Burlington Co., NJ
Charles French, b. 20 Mar 1670/71 in Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England, FFA Chart #20
Thomas French, b. Oct 1639 in Nether Heyford
Thomas French, b. ca. 1610-1618 in Nether Heyford
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