was engaged in a spirited and successful battle at Coffeeville
, who commanded on this occasion, says in his report: ‘I take special pleasure in mentioning the names of Brig.-Gen. W. E. Baldwin
, of my own division, and Col. A. P. Thompson
, commanding a brigade in General Rust
These officers, in command on my right and left, displayed the greatest good judgment and gallantry.’
had received his brigadier-general's commission on the 9th of September, 1862.
His command consisted of the Twentieth and Twenty-sixth Mississippi and the Twenty-sixth Tennessee regiments of infantry.
He led this brigade at Port Gibson
, Baker's Creek
(Champion's Hill), the Big Black, and through the siege of Vicksburg
Here he was a second time made prisoner of war and paroled.
After his exchange he was assigned to the command of a brigade in the district of Mobile
His further participation in the war was, however, soon cut short by his death, which occurred on the 19th day of February, 1864.
In his death the Confederacy
lost a gallant and efficient soldier and Mississippi
an illustrious citizen.
Brigadier-General William Barksdale
, famous in the annals of Mississippi
both as a statesman and a soldier, was born in Rutherford county, Tenn.
, August 21, 1861, and before he attained his majority was admitted to the bar. He settled in Mississippi
and was at one time editor of the Columbus Democrat.
In the Mexican
war he served as a non-commissioned officer in the Second Mississippi regiment, of which Reuben Davis
After that war he was prominent in the politics of Mississippi
He was an ardent State rights Democrat, and as such was elected to represent his district in Congress in 1853.
When the war between the States began he hastened to espouse in the field the cause which he had zealously supported in peace, and entered the Confederate
service as colonel of the Thirteenth regiment of Mississippi