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GEN. JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE, REBEL SECRETARY OF
WAR.—[PHOTOGRAPHED BY MINNIS, RICHMOND.)
THE REBEL GENERAL N. B. FORREST.—[PHOTOGRAPHED BY
T. J. SHELBY, CORINTH, MISS.]
GEN. JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE.
MAJOR-GENERAL JOHN C.
just been appointed rebel Secretary of War, in place of
SEDDON, resigned. The past political and military career of Mr.
BRECKINRIDGE is already familiar to our readers. He was born near
Lexington, Kentucky, January 21, 1821; was educated for the profession of law,
but at the breaking out of the war with Mexico he entered the military service,
though so late that he saw but little active service. Upon his return he was
elected to the Kentucky Congress,
and in 1851 to the United States Congress. In 185G he was elected
and in virtue of that office became President of the Senate, being the youngest
officer who ever held that position. He was nominated for President in 1860 by
the extreme Southern party, but was defeated. Elected to the Senate, he held his
seat (luring most of the Extra Session beginning July 4, 1861. Toward the last
of the Session he went over to the Confederates, and published a letter stating
his reasons for taking this step. He was afterward formally expelled from the
Senate for disloyalty.
His military career has not been a remarkable one. He first entered the campaign
in Kentucky. He participated in the battle of Stone River, having
risen previous to that date to the rank of Major-General. He held an important
command in Louisiana in the summer of 1863. On the 5th of August he attacked the
Federal garrison at Baton Rouge and was repulsed. His later campaigns in East
Tennessee or in Virginia have not brought him any enviable distinction as a
military officer. It remains to be seen what he can accomplish
as Confederate Secretary of War.
GENERAL N. B. FORREST.
We give above a portrait of Major-General N. B. FORREST,
cavalry leader of the Confederates
in the Wrest.
He has been connected with the war from the first, and the most daring
of the Confederate raids have been accomplished by his command. He had a
brigade of cavalry at
Fort Donelson, and to prevent being captured with the
garrison he cut his way out with a portion of his command. In our advance
southward he has been a most formidable enemy, falling upon our communications,
capturing our supply trains, or swooping
down upon some feebly defended town as he did upon Memphis last summer.
It was General FORREST,
without doubt, that saved General HOOD'S
army from utter destruction, by covering his retreat across the Tennessee.
MILITARY EXECUTION NEAR CITY POINT, JANUARY 27,
1865.—SKETCHED BY JOHN R. HAMILTON.--[SEE