{⋆★⋆} MG French, Samuel Gibbs

Samuel Gibbs French

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Born:
November 22, 1818

Birthplace: Mullica Hill, New Jersey

Father: Samuel French 1779 – 1852

Mother: Rebecca Clark 1790 – 1879
(Buried: Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro, New Jersey)

1st​ Wife: Eliza Matilda Roberts 1825 – 1857
(Buried: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Married: April 26, 1853 in Adams County, Mississippi

2nd​ Wife: Mary Fontaine Abercrombie 1837 – 1900
(Buried: Saint John's Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida)

Married: January 12, 1865

Children:

Matilda Gibbs French Thompson 1856 – 1941​
(Buried: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)​
Samuel Gibbs French Jr. 1866 – 1950​
(Buried: Saint John’s Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida)​
Robert Abercrombie French 1872 – 1959​
(Buried: Saint John’s Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida)​
Alys Duer French 1876 – 1962​

Education:

1843: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (14th​ in class)​

Occupation:

1843 – 1846: Brevet 2nd​ Lt. United States Army 3rd​ Artillery​
1846 – 1847: 2nd​ Lt. United States Army 3rd​ Artillery​
1846: Brevet 1st​ Lt. for Gallantry at Battle of Monterrey, Mexico​
1847: Wounded at the Battle of Buena Vista, Mexico​
1847: Breveted Captain for Gallantry at Battle of Buena Vista, Mexico
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1847 – 1848: 1st​ Lt. United States Army, 3rd​ Artillery​
1848 – 1856: Captain and Assistant Quartermaster for U.S. Army​
1856: Resigned from United States Army on May 31st​
1856 – 1861: Planter near Vicksburg, Mississippi​

Civil War Career:

1861: Chief of Ordnance for the Army of the state of Mississippi​
1861 – 1862: Brigadier General Confederate, Provisional Army​
1862 – 1865: Major General, Confederate Provisional Army​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Petersburg, Virginia​
1862: led a demonstration at Harrison's Landing in Virginia​
1862: led a demonstration at Suffolk, Virginia​
1863: Participated in the Siege of Suffolk, Virginia​
1863: Participated in the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi​
1864: Participated in the Atlanta Campaign​
1864: Participated in the Franklin – Nashville Campaign​
1865: Commander of forces in Mobile, Alabama​

Occupation after War:

Southern Planter​
Author of “Two War’s” about his military experiences​

Died: April 20, 1910

Place of Death: Pensacola, Florida

Cause of Death: Senility, eye problems

Age at time of Death: 91 years old

Burial Place: Saint John's Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida

Memorial Place: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Interesting Fact: During World War II, the Ship S.S. Samuel G. French was named in his honor.
 
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