Colonel of the 28th Louisiana Infantry
Represented Louisiana in the second Confederate Congress
(1816-92) Born in Laurens District, South Carolina, he graduated from South Carolina College in 1834, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. Shortly afterwards he settled in Mississippi where he served for many years as the district attorney of Winston County, and he later served in the Mississippi legislature. He moved to Louisiana in 1851, and was a James Buchannan Presidential Elector in 1856, and a member of the Louisiana state legislature in 1860. When Mississippi seceded from the Union, Gray enlisted as a private in a Mississippi regiment, but his intimate friend, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, recalled him from that duty, and he was elected colonel of the 28th Louisiana Infantry which he organized at the request of the president. Colonel Gray led his regiment at the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, Louisiana during the Red River campaign, and was at times in brigade command. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1865, and later represented Louisiana in the second Confederate Congress. After serving as a Louisiana state senator after the war, he retired from public life.
Antique silver print photograph, 2 1/4 x 3 5/8. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War period image.