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Louis Douglass Watkins

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Born: November 29, 1833

Birthplace: Tallahassee, Florida

Father: Claiborne Anderson Watkins 1802 – 1850

Mother:
Martha Ann Gibson 1811 – 1861

Wife: Mary E. “Mollie” Rousseau 1844 – 1869
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​

Children:

Corporal Lovell Rousseau Watkins 1865 – 1891​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​
Eva Walton Watkins 1866 – 1875​
Louis Douglass Watkins Jr. 1868 – 1869​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​

Occupation before War:

Member of National Rifles Militia in Washington, D.C.​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: 1st​ Lt. United States Army, 5th​ Cavalry Regiment​
1862: Wounded in the Battle of Gaines Mill, Virginia​
1862 – 1866: Captain United States Army, on Staff of A. J. Smith​
Chief of Cavalry for Union Army of Kentucky​
1863 – 1865: Colonel of 6th​ Kentucky Union Cavalry Regiment​
Served in the fighting around Nashville, Tennessee​
1863: Served in the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia​
1863: Served in the Chattanooga, Tennessee Campaign​
1864: Guarded the railroad in the Atlanta, Georgia Campaign​
1864: Brevetted Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1864: Served in the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee​
1865: Union Army Post Commander in Louisville, Kentucky​
1865 – 1866: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1868: Lt. Colonel of United States Army, 20th​ Infantry Regiment​
1866 – 1867: Stationed in Richmond, Virginia​
1867 – 1868: Stationed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana​

Died:
March 29, 1868

Place of Death: New Orleans, Louisiana

Cause of Death: Paralysis and Congestion of the brain

Age at time of Death: 34 years old

Original Burial Place: Old Girod Street Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Final Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
 
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General Samuel P. Carter's raid into East Tennessee in the winter of 1862-1863 helped earn Watkins a brevet. He was commissioned a Colonel in the 6th Kentucky Cavalry on Feb. 1 , 1863.
 
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