the war he returned to the profession of law. On the 29th of October, 1885, he died at Sanford, Fla.
Brigadier-General Jesse Johnson Finley
was born in Wilson county, Tenn.
, on the 18th of November, 1812.
He was educated at Lebanon
and began the study of law. But about that time the Seminole
war began and young Finley
, having recruited a company of mounted volunteers, served in the army as captain.
Returning home in 1838 he was admitted to the bar. In 1840 he removed to Mississippi county
, Ark. The young lawyer, who seems to have been a born leader of men, at once rose to prominence and was elected to the State senate in 1841.
The following year he resigned this position and going to Memphis, Tenn.
, began the practice of law. He was elected mayor of that city in 1845.
In 1846 he removed to Marianna, Fla.
Here he soon became prominent, and in 1850 was elected to the State senate.
In 1852 he was a presidential elector on the Whig
ticket, and in 1853 was appointed judge of the west circuit of Florida
When the war began he sided with the Confederate
cause, and in 1861 he was made judge of the Confederate
In March 1862 he resigned this post of honor and entered the army as a private; was soon promoted to a captaincy, and on April 14, 1862, was commissioned as colonel of the Sixth Florida regiment.
He was on duty in east Tennessee
' brigade, Heth
's division, Kirby Smith
's department; took part in the Kentucky
campaign and after the return to Knoxville
served as president of the court-martial for the department until ordered to Tullahoma
He commanded his regiment in the battle of Chickamauga
On November 16, 1863, he was commissioned brigadier-general and assigned to command of the Florida
infantry in the army of Tennessee, united in a brigade of Bate
's division, Hardee
He commanded this gallant brigade at Missionary Ridge
, and rendered distinguished service with the rear guard under