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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
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
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