{⋆★⋆} BG Allen, Henry Watkins - Governor of LA

Henry Watkins Allen

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Born: April 29, 1820

Birthplace: Prince Edward County, Virginia

Father: Dr. Thomas Allen 1789 – 1850

Mother: Ann Venable Watkins 1792 – 1830

Wife: Salome Ann Crane 1825 – 1851


Attended Marion College in Mississippi​
Studied law at Harvard University​

Occupation before War:
School Teacher, and Attorney in Mississippi​
Served in the Texas Revolutionary War
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1846: Mississippi State Representative​
Louisiana State Representative​
Went to Europe to participate in Italian struggle for Independence​
Louisiana State Representative​

Civil War Career:
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel in the Confederate States Army​
1862 – 1863: Colonel in the Confederate States Army​
1862: Wounded during the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee​
1862: Wounded in both legs during the Battle of Baton Rogue, Louisiana​
1863 – 1864: Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army​
1864 – 1865: Governor of Louisiana​

Occupation after War:

Editor of Mexico Times Newspaper​
Assisted in Opening trade with Texas, and Mexico​

Died: April 22, 1866

Place of Death: Mexico City, Mexico

Cause of Death: Stomach Disorder

Age at time of Death: 45 years old

Burial Place: Old Capitol Grounds, Baton Rogue, Louisiana
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
It stands to reason he'd be buried in his beloved Louisiana. When he died in Mexico City the body was returned to New Orleans for burial. In 1885 his remains were reinterred to Baton Rouge. There is a rose colored obelisk marking his grave in front of the Old Louisiana State Capitol.


Nov 22, 2020
He assumed command of the 4th LA following the resignation of its first colonel
Robert H Barrow - just prior to Shiloh
Barrow's great grandson was the commandant of the MArine Corps from 1979-1983
Commandant John Lejeune was born in Pointe Coupee Parish. Commandant Robert Barrow in West Feliciana Parish. The east and west approaches to the Audubon Mississippi River Bridge south of St. Francisville are named for them.

Luke Freet

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Nov 8, 2018
Palm Coast, Florida
Lovely little New York Times article on the man. https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/the-souths-greatest-governor/
Also notes how, in September of 1864, he had pushed for the use of black troops by the Confederates, despite himself being a slaveowner. Shows just how committed to the cause and how "flexible of mind" he was, as a friend of mine described the more colorful and creative confederate generals; he's one of the few political figures I could apply that to as well