The official site for modern photographs of American Civil War Battlefields

John B. Floyd

Date of Birth:      June 1, 1806
Hometown:         Montgomery County, VA
Education:           South Carolina College, 1829
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     August 26, 1863
Place of Death:    Abingdon, VA
Buried At:           Abingdon, VA

Major Battles:        Robert E. Lee's 1861 West Virginia Campaign, Fort Donelson

Interesting Fact(s):    Floyd, an attorney, by trade, would become a controversial figure, in the Civil War south.  He would serve in the Virginia House of Delegates, and would become the state's governor, for one term.  During the Buchanan administration, Floyd would become Secretary of War.  He would be severely criticized, in the north, for transferring large amounts of arms, from northern, to southern arsenals, on the lead up to the secession crisis.  Commissioned brigadier general, in the C.S.A., Floyd would participate in Robert E. Lee's West Virginia Campaign.  He would be sent west, and would be the senior brigadier general, at Fort Donelson, during U.S. Grant's attack.  Turning command over, to Simon B. Buckner, he would ingloriously flee Fort Donelson, with his troops.  For this action, he would be removed from command, by Confederate president, Jefferson Davis.  Upon return to Virginia, Floyd would be commissioned major general of Virginia's state troops.  His health waning, he would die in August 1863.

Home | Battlefields | Commanders | Store | Library | Links | Equipment | About | Contact