Monday, March 10, 2008

General James McIntosh - A Florida native

This photograph is of Brigadier General James McQueen McIntosh. Born at Fort Brooke (Tampa) in 1828, McIntosh was a seasoned officer in the regular army when war broke out in 1861.
McIntosh attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in the Class of 1849.
He spent most of his military career on the western frontier and was at Fort Smith, Arkansas when that post was seized by state troops in 1861. He resigned his commission in May of 1861 and joined the Confederate Army. He served first as a captain of cavalry and fought at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, in the fall of 1861. A competent and brave officer, he served as colonel of the 1st Arkansas Rifles before receiving a commission as a regular brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Conferate States.
He was shot down and killed during the initial Confederate attacks at the Battle of Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern), Arkansas on March 7, 1862.
If you are interested in learning more about McIntosh's role at the Battle of Pea Ridge and his death in combat there, please check out our sister blog Civil War Arkansas. We have a series underway on the Battle of Pea Ridge.

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