St. John Richardson Liddell
(September 6, 1815 – February 14, 1870) was a prominent Louisiana
planter who served as a general in the Confederate States Army
during the American Civil War
. He was an outspoken proponent of Southern emancipation
. Liddell was murdered by a former Confederate Officer near his home in 1870.
Early life and career
Liddell was born to a wealthy plantation
family near Woodville
. He was a schoolmate of future Confederate President Jefferson Davis
, whom he would interact with several times during the early years of the Civil War on behalf of fellow general Albert Sidney Johnston
He attended the United States Military Academy
in 1837, but resigned prior to graduating. Liddell then moved to Catahoula Parish
and established his own prosperous plantation, "Llanada," near Harrisonburg
, Louisiana. His famous feud with Charles Jones, which eventually led to his death, began in the 1850s.
Western Theater: 1861–63
With the outbreak of the Civil War and Louisiana's secession
, Liddell enlisted in the Confederate army and received a commission. He initially served as a staff officer to his close friend William J. Hardee
and Albert Sidney Johnston during the early part of the conflict. He then commanded the famous Arkansas Brigade
in Patrick Cleburne
of the Army of Tennessee
from 1862–63, including the battles of Perryville
Liddell commanded a division at......