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Hindman, Thomas Carmichael (28 January 1828–27 September 1868), general and congressman, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Thomas Carmichael Hindman and Sallie Holt. His father moved to Jacksonville, Alabama, in 1832 as an Indian agent of the federal government and then to Ripley, Tippah County, Mississippi, in 1841, where he operated a large plantation. As the son of a well-to-do family, Hindman attended a variety of local private schools and graduated in 1846 from the Lawrenceville Classical and Commercial Institute located near Princeton, New Jersey....

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Jenkins, Albert Gallatin (10 November 1830–21 May 1864), congressman and Confederate general, was born at “Greenbottom,” Cabell County, Virginia (now West Virginia), the son of William A. Jenkins, businessman and planter, and Jeannette Grigsby McNutt. Before settling in western Virginia along the Ohio River on his Greenbottom plantation, William A. Jenkins had prospered as the owner of a shipping business that exported tobacco and cotton to South America in exchange for coffee. Albert received preparatory schooling at the Marshall Academy in nearby Huntington. In 1846 he and his two brothers enrolled at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, graduating two years later. From 1848 to 1850 Jenkins attended Harvard Law School, earning his LL.B. degree in July 1850. Returning to his native state, he was admitted to the bar and began his legal practice in Charleston. In 1858 he married Virginia Southard Bowlin. The couple had three children who lived to adulthood and, according to family history, a fourth who died in infancy....

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Walthall, Edward Cary (04 April 1831–21 April 1898), Confederate general and U.S. senator, was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Barrett White Walthall, a merchant, and Sally Wilkinson. When Barrett White Walthall went bankrupt in 1841, he moved his family, including ten-year-old Edward, to Holly Springs, Mississippi. The young Walthall received a traditional education at St. Thomas Hall, an Episcopal church school in Holly Springs. From his experience on the debate team, he decided to enter the law. After reading law with his brother-in-law, George R. Freedman, in Pontotoc, Mississippi, and being admitted to the bar of Mississippi in 1852 at age twenty-one, Walthall served briefly as the deputy clerk to the circuit court in Holly Springs. He then moved to Coffeeville, Mississippi, in the north central part of the state, where he entered private practice. In 1856 the people of the Tenth Judicial District of Mississippi elected Walthall district attorney. Also in 1856 he married Sophie Bridges, who died within the year. Walthall repeated this pattern of election and marriage three years later, when in 1859 the people of the Tenth District again elected him district attorney and he married his second wife, Mary Lecky Jones. Neither marriage resulted in children, although Walthall adopted the daughter of his second wife....

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Wise, Henry Alexander (03 December 1806–12 September 1876), congressman, governor, and Confederate general, was born on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in Drummondtown (now Accomac), the son of John Wise, a Federalist lawyer and legislator, and Sarah Corbin Cropper. Orphaned in 1812–1813, he was raised by relatives and had few resources other than a small inheritance. He received only a meager education until his admission in 1822 to Washington College (now Washington and Jefferson College) in Pennsylvania, where he graduated with first honors in 1825. He attended Chancellor ...