MG John H. Forney

       

John Horace Forney was born in Lincolnshire, North Carolina on August 12, 1829 and was appointed to West Poing from Alabama in 1848.  He graded 22nd in his class in 1852 and was posted to the 7th United States Infantry as a brevet 2nd Lt.  He was promoted to 2nd Lt. in 1853 and transferred to the 10th Infantry in 1855.  He was promoted to 1st Lt, on August 25, 1855 but with the secession of the Southern States he resigned his commission on January 23, 1861.  He entered Confederate service as colonel of the 10th Alabama Infantry adn saw action at 1st Manassas.  He was wounded an Dansville Virginia in December of 1861 and was promoted to brigadier general on March 0, 1862 then to major general on October 27.  After a brief service as commander of the departments of Alabama and Florida he was given a division of Lt. General John C. Pemberton's army defending Vicksburg and was captured there in July of 1863.  After being exchanged, he was sent to the trans-Mississippi where he superseded John George Walker as commander of the Texas Division.  At the end of the war he returned to Alabama where he was a farmer and civil engineer until his death in Jacksonville on September 13, 1902.  He is buried in Jacksonville Cemetery in Calhoune County Alabama.