I Died At The Battle Of Richmond
Brigadier General John Gregg
Commanding Gregg’s Brigade (10th Brigade, First Division, Army of Mississippi)— 3rd Tennessee, 10th Tennessee, 30th Tennessee, 41st Tennessee, 50th Tennessee, 1st Tennessee Infantry Battalion— reporting to Maj. Gen. Martin L. Smith (assumed)— killed in 1864 at Battle of Richmond
Brigadier General John Gregg was born in 1828 in Lawrence County, Alabama. He was a well-educated man and spent most of his formative years either attending school or teaching school. In 1847, he graduated from La Grange College and began to pursue his interest in law. This interest led him to move to Fairfield, Texas, where he was elected judge of his district in Freestone County.
One of the first major battles of General Gregg’s military career was in Raymond. The men under his charge were the 3rd, 10th, 30th, 41st and 50th Tennessee Infantries, the 1st Tennessee Battalion, and the 7th Texas Infantry. On May 12, 1863, when Gregg’s Brigade met McPherson’s 17th Corps in Raymond, Gregg fought with a vengeance. Little did he know that he had led his brigade of 3,000 men into battle against a force of some 12,000 strong. After almost six hours of fierce fighting, the Confederates were forced to retreat.
A year later, General John Gregg learned that General James McPherson, the opposing general in the Battle of Raymond, had been killed in the Battle of Atlanta. What General Gregg didn’t know was that his destiny would soon be sealed as well….General John Gregg was killed on October 7, 1864, while fighting in the Battle of Richmond. The Confederate general had outlived his Union opponent by only three months.
Both men were born in the same year and, as fate would have it, both would die in the same year. Mary Garth Gregg became a widow at the age of thirty-six. After traveling to Virginia to claim her husband’s body, she buried him in Aberdeen, Mississippi.