We think of the Confederates as being rebels. It is trendy these days to consign them all as “traitors.” Well, yes and no. Many of those Confederates truly believed they were part of a second American revolution. In fact, many confederates were direct descendants of Revolutionary heroes and patriots. Clyde Wilson at the Abbeville Institute has compiled a list of such descendants. Here is a brief list:
CSA President Jefferson Davis: son of a soldier in the American Revolution
Vice President Alexander H. Stephens: grandson of a soldier in the Revolution.
Gen. Robert E. Lee: son of a cavalry general, “Lighthorse” Harry Lee, in the Revolution and the nephew of two signers of the Declaration of Independence. His wife was the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington. Robert’s father-in-law, George Washington Parke Custis was the adopted son of George Washington.
Brig.-Gen. and Secretary of War George W. Randolph: grandson of Thomas Jefferson.
Gen. James E. Slaughter: grand-nephew of James Madison.
Lt.-Gen. Leonidas Polk: his father was a Revolutionary colonel as was his maternal grandfather.
Gen. Joseph E. Johnston: son of a Revolutionary army colonel
Brig.-Gen. Hugh W. Mercer: grandson of Revolutionary Gen. Hugh Mercer
Patrick Henry: he had at least two grandsons and many other relatives in the Confederate Army.
Gen. David E. Twiggs was son of John Twiggs, a General in the Georgia militia during the American Revolution. A great-grandson of John Twiggs was Marine Corps Gen. John Twiggs Myers, holder of the Marine Corps Brevet Medal.
Maj. Gen. Benjamin Huger’s grandfather was a Revolutionary officer and a friend of Lafayette.
Lt.-Gen. Richard Taylor was the son of former President Zachary Taylor and the grandson of a Revolutionary officer.
Lt.-Gen. Richard H. Anderson was the grandson of a Revolutionary officer.
Maj.-Gen. Joseph B. Kershaw was the grandson of a Revolutionary officer.
Lt.-Gen. Wade Hampton’s grandfather was a colonel in the Revolution and a general in the War of 1812.
See Abbeville Institute for Dr. Wilson’s complete list here.
Other names include:
Thomas Garland Jefferson was a great-nephew of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration. Thomas Garland Jefferson was a VMI cadet when the cadets were called on to support Confederate forces at the Battle on New Market on May 15, 1864. Thomas Garland Jefferson was shot in the lungs and died three days later.