JOHN GREGG

1828 – 1864


John Gregg, a native of Lawrence County, Alabama, was born September 28, 1828. He moved to La Grange, Alabama as a boy where he received his education at La Grange College, after which he studied law at Tuscumbia. After emigrating to Fairfield, Texas, in 1852, he was elected district judge in 1856. Gregg was a member of the secession convention in 1861, and to the Provisional Confederate Congress the same year.

Gregg resigned his seat after First Manassas, he returned to Texas and recruited the 7th Texas Infantry of which he was elected colonel. He and his regiment were surrendered and exchanged at Fort Donelson. The following February he was promoted brigadier general to rank from August 29, 1862. He was assigned to the division of John Bell Hood, Longstreet’s corps, and his brigade was a part of the very successful “wedge” driven into the Federal line at Chickamauga. Gregg was severely wounded in this engagement. After his recovery and the return of his unit to the Army of Northern Virginia, he was assigned to command of the Texas brigade which he led with conspicuous bravery at the Wilderness and during the ensuing Overland campaign of 1864. He was killed in action on the Charles City Road below Richmond on the morning of October 7, 1864. He is buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Aberdeen, Mississippi.