John H. Kelly
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John Herbert Kelly (March 31, 1840 – September 4, 1864) was, at the time of his promotion, the youngest brigadier general in the Confederate States Army.〔Derek Smith's ''The Gallant Dead: Union and Confederate Generals Killed in the Civil War'' (2005) pg. 273〕 He became one of the youngest generals to die during the American Civil War, at the age of 24.〔 His death occurred during the Franklin-Nashville Campaign.
==Early life and career==
John Herbert Kelly was born in 1840 to Isham Kelly and Elizabeth Herbert at their home in Carrollton, Alabama.〔Willis Brewer's ''Alabama, Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men: From 1540 to 1872'' ( 1872) pg. 502〕 Kelly's father died while in Cuba when John was four, and his mother died three years later.〔 His grandmother Harriet Herbert Hawthorne took responsibility of the young orphan.〔 When John was about seventeen he received an appointment to West Point through the help of his uncle, Congressman Philemon T. Herbert and another relative Congressman William W. Boyce.〔 A few months before his graduation in 1861 his home state of Alabama seceded from the Union. Hearing the news Kelly left West Point and headed to Montgomery.〔Clement Anselm Evans's ''Confederate Military History: A Library of Confederate States History'' (1899) pg. 421〕
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