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Civil War Soldiers - Clayton

CLAYTON, H. D., Alabama.
Colonel, First Alabama Regiment Infantry, March 28, 1861.
Brigadier general, P. A. C. S., April 22, 1863.
Major general, P. A. C. S., July 7, 1864.
Died at Tuscaloosa, Ala., October 13, 1889.

Commanding, at Pensacola, Fla., __, 1861, brigade composed of the First Alabama and First Georgia Regiments Infantry, and the Second Alabama Battalion of Infantry.
Commanding brigade composed of the Eighteenth, Thirty-second, Thirty-sixth, Thirty-eighth and Fifty-eighth Alabama Regiments of Infantry.
Division composed of the brigades of Stovall, Baker and Henry R. Jackson; subsequently of the brigades of Brigadier Generals M. A. Stovall, R. L. Gibson, A. Baker and J. T. Holtzclaw, Army of Tennessee.

Source: Military Records of General Officers of the Confederate States of America, by Charles B. Hall, 1898

Clayton, Powell, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Bethel, Delaware county, Pa., Aug. 7, 1833. He studied civil engineering at Bristol, Pa., moved to Leavenworth, Kan., and was elected civil engineer of that city in 1857. When the Civil war broke out he enlisted a company, of which he became captain, and entered the Union army as captain in the 1st Kan. infantry, May 29, 1861. He was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 5th Kan. cavalry, Feb. 27, 1862, and was promoted colonel, March 30, 1862. On May 6, 1863, he commanded a successful expedition from Helena, Ark., to the White river, to break up a band of guerrillas and destroy Confederate stores, and afterwards one from Pine Bluff, which, in March, 1864, inflicted severe loss on the enemy. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, Aug. 1, 1864, and was honorably mustered out of the service, Aug. 24, 1865. After the war he settled in Arkansas as a planter, was elected governor and inaugurated in June, 1868, and was, in 1871, elected United States senator. At the expiration of his term he moved to Little Rock, Ark., and later to Eureka Springs, where he became president of the Eureka Springs railway, which he had built, and manager of the Eureka Improvement company, besides holding various public offices. He was appointed, in 1897, by President McKinley, minister to Mexico, a position which he retained until 1905. Gen. Clayton has always taken an active interest in politics, and was a member of every Republican national convention from 1872 to 1896.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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