The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 349
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Four John Greggs of Texas
was the equal of any brigadier of the Southern cause by 1864,
and it is known that he was selected for promotion to the rank
of major general at the time of his death. He was considered by
officers close to Robert E. Lee as Lee's best brigadier in the
campaign from May to October, 1864.78 He was killed a few
miles south of Richmond, on the north side of the James River,
while leading Field's Division against the Federal lines near the
New Market road, near Fort Harrison, on October 7, 1864.7
He is buried in the cemetery at Aberdeen, Mississippi.78
7sDouglas S. Freeman, R. E. Lee, A Biography (4 vols.; New York, 1935-1941),
III, 509 n.
770Oficial Records, Ser. I, Vol. XLII, Pt. I, 852. Report of Robert E. Lee to
James A. Seddon, October 7, 1864.
The locale of General Gregg's death has been a matter of some uncertainty
because of want of detailed reports as well as the circulation of myths which
have come to be accepted in some quarters as historical fact.
78Dr. W. A. Evans, a family friend of Mrs. Gregg's, has kindly supplied the
following description of the cemetery lot at Aberdeen.
In the center of the square (lot) is a shaft with an urn at the top. In the
north face of the base of the shaft the name Gregg is cut. The inscription
on the north face of the shaft reads: To the Memory of General John Gregg of
Texas. A Christian Soldier and Patriot. Born in Lawrence County, Alabama, Sept.
2, 1828, and Fell Before Richmond in Behalf of Southern Rights and Constitu-
tional Liberty, Oct. 7, 1864.
On the west face of the shaft an inscription reads: Mary Frances Garth, Wife
of General John Gregg. Born Sept. 15, 1828. Died June 15, 1897. This is followed
by a Biblical passage.
On the northeast corner of the lot is a simple slab and a small headstone, and
next to it is a grave with a slab, both having inscriptions similar to those already
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