; born in Prince Edward county
, April 20, 1820; became a lawyer in Mississippi
; and in 1842 raised a company to fight in Texas
He settled at West Baton Rouge, La.
, in 1850; served in the State legislature; was in the Law School at
in 1854; and visited Europe
He took an active part with the Confederates
in the Civil War
, and was at one time military governor at Jackson
In the battle of Shiloh
and at Baton Rouge
he was wounded.
He was commissioned a brigadier-general in 1864, but was almost immediately elected governor of Louisiana
, the duties of which he performed with great ability and wisdom.
At the close of the war he made his residence in the city of Mexico
, where he established the Mexican times
, which he edited until his death, April 22, 1866.