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[662] Baton Rouge; in August was put in command at Port Hudson, and later was given command of the First military district of Mississippi, with headquarters at Jackson. In April, 1864, he made his headquarters at Columbus, where he had a force of about 3,000 men, and was in the field opposing various Federal expeditions during the Vicksburg campaign. Subsequently he remained for some time unassigned, though anxious for duty in spite of his advanced age, but finally accepted the post of commissary-general of prisoners of war. After the close of hostilities he resided at Fredericksburg, Va., except four years when in charge of a large estate in Texas. He was a member of the board of visitors of the United States military academy in 1884. His death occurred at Fredericksburg in 1897.


Brigadier-General James E. Slaughter

Brigadier-General James E. Slaughter, a native of Virginia, entered the military service of the United States in April, 1847, as second lieutenant of Voltigeurs. He was transferred to the First artillery in June, 1848, and was an officer of that command until the formation of the Confederate States, with promotion in 1852 to the rank of first lieutenant. He received a commission as first lieutenant, corps of artillery, Confederate States army, and became inspector-general on the staff of General Beauregard after the transfer of the latter to the department of Alabama and West Florida. After the bombardment at Pensacola, in which Lieutenant Slaughter rendered valuable service under fire, General Beauregard reported that to him, probably more than to any one else in the command, he was indebted for patient labor and unceasing vigil given to the organization and instruction of the troops. Beauregard earnestly recommended his promotion to brigadier-general, which was bestowed in the spring of 1862. In May he was appointed chief of the inspector-general's department of the army of the Mississippi, under General Bragg. In this duty he continued through the Kentucky campaign, and was then assigned to the charge of the troops of Mobile, that port being threatened by Federal invasion. Thence he was transferred in April, 1863, to Galveston, Tex., as chief of artillery for General Magruder. Later in the year he was given charge of the eastern sub-district of Texas, and command of all the troops of the Second

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