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[247] to Kentucky. His father was Rice Maxey, who for years was clerk of both circuit and county courts in Clinton county, and later moved to Paris, Tex., where the son received the best educational advantages, preparatory to entering the West Point academy. He was there graduated in 1846, and was assigned to the Seventh United States infantry. In the Mexican war he was at the siege of Vera Cruz, and the battle of Cerro Gordo, and in reward for his valuable services at Contreras was brevetted first lieutenant. Taking part in the battle of Churubusco and the siege of the City of Mexico, he was highly commended, was appointed provost of a Mexican district and made commandant of a picked company in the city guard, by Gen. Winfield Scott. In 1848 he was stationed at Jefferson barracks, but the monotony of garrison life soon wearied him, and he returned to Paris, Tex., to read law. After his admission to the bar, he began the practice in Albany, Clinton county, Ky., where he achieved distinction. He married Miss Dent in 1853, and returned to Paris, where he continued the practice of law until 1861. Though by personal convictions a whig, he voted for John C. Breckinridge, and afterward for the secession of his State. He was elected to the State senate, but immediately after joined the Texas military forces and did not take his seat. Organizing the Ninth Texas infantry, he was commissioned colonel, September, 1861, and assigned to the army of Albert Sidney Johnston. He was commissioned brigadier-general March 4, 1862, and in command of a brigade, including his regiment, was ordered to Chattanooga by Gen. E. Kirby Smith. In that vicinity he displayed great activity, driving a Federal force from Bridgeport and Battle Creek, which General Bragg, in general orders, declared was ‘one of the most dashing achievements of the day.’ He commanded a brigade of Louisiana and Tennessee troops, also including the Seventh Texas, at Port Hudson, early in 1863, and thence went to Jackson, Miss.,

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