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George Bibb Crittenden

general , Lawyer , Librarian , military

George Bibb CRITTENDEN, General, lawyer, military, librarian.


CRITTENDEN, George Bibb was born on March 20, 1812 in Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, United States, United States. Son of John Jordan and Sally (Lee) Crittenden.


Private school, southern university, United States Military Academy, law school.


His brother, Thomas L. Crittenden, was a Union general during the Civil War. He graduated twenty-sixth in a class of forty-five from the U.S. Military Academy in 1832 and resigned from the army the following year to study law at Transylvania University. Crittenden was a member of the Whig party.

In 1835, he went to Texas, where he was held prisoner by the Mexicans for« year. He returned to Kentucky in 1837 and practiced law for ten years before serving as a captain of Kentucky Mounted Rifles during the Mexican War. Breveted major for his gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco, he remained in the regular army on frontier duty, becoming a full major in 1848 and a lieutenant colonel in 1856.

At the beginning of the Civil War, Crittenden went against his father’s wishes, resigned his commission, and joined the Confederate Army, becoming a colonel of infantry. In June 1861, he commanded the Trans-Allegheny Department. Promoted to brigadier general on August 15,1861, and to major general on November 9,1861, he commanded the District of East Tennessee and had charge of military operations in Kentucky.

At the battles of Mill Springs and Logan’s Crossroads, Kentucky, on January 19-20, 1862, he was badly defeated and was subsequently censured and placed under arrest. He resigned his commission on October 23, 1862, and served without rank on the staff of General John S. Williams for the rest of the war. After the war, he moved to Frankfort, Kentucky, where he was state librarian from 1867 to 1874.


"Peculiar institution" of slavery was not only expedient but also ordained by God and upheld in Holy Scripture.


Stands for preserving slavery, states' rights, and political liberty for whites. Every individual state is sovereign, even to the point of secession.


John Jordan Crittenden

Sally (Lee) Crittenden