George Baird Hodge

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George Baird Hodge
Sketch of Brigadier General George Baird Hodge
BornApril 8, 1828 (1828-04-08)
Fleming County, Kentucky
DiedAugust 1, 1892 (1892-09) (aged 64)
Longwood, Florida
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited States of America
Confederate States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Confederate States Army
Years of service1845–1850 (USN)
1861–1865 (CSA)
RankUSN Ensign rank insignia.jpg Midshipman (USN)
Colonel (CSA)
Confederate States of America General.png Acting Brigadier General (CSA)
UnitOrphan Brigade
Commands heldHodge's Cavalry Brigade
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Other workattorney, politician, orange grower

George Baird Hodge (April 8, 1828 – August 1, 1892) was an attorney, Confederate politician, colonel and acting general from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He commanded a cavalry brigade at various times and was paroled as a brigadier general at the end of the war but his appointment as a brigadier general by Confederate President Jefferson Davis was rejected twice by the Confederate States Senate.

Early life[edit]

Hodge was born in Fleming County, Kentucky to William and Sarah (Baird) Hodge.[1] He received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and was graduated as a midshipman, December 16, 1845. Hodge was later promoted to acting lieutenant, but eventually resigned his commission January 28, 1850. Hodge married Keturah Moss Tibbatts, daughter of Colonel John Wooleston Tibbatts. They had seven children: S. Catherine Taylor (c.1853-1886), Anna Taylor (1854–1923), Jane "Nan"/"Nannie" (1855–1856), Mary (1856–1869), William Baird (1857–1873), Georgena Baird (1859–1927), and John T. (1864–1934).


Hodge unsuccessfully ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1852. He was later admitted to the bar in Newport, Kentucky where he practiced law for several years. In 1859, Hodge was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives as a Democrat. The following year he served as an elector for the Breckinridge ticket.

Civil War[edit]

Hodge enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in 1861. Soon thereafter, he was chosen to represent Kentucky in the Provisional Confederate Congress from 1861 to 1862. When Hodge was not present in Richmond, Virginia, he was promoted to captain and assistant adjutant general in Breckinridge's First Kentucky Brigade. Hodge received a promotion to major May 6, 1862 for gallantry at the Battle of Shiloh and served as a cavalry brigade commander under Joseph Wheeler and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Wheeler commended Hodge for his service during the Middle Tennessee Raid. Forrest, however, relieved Hodge of his command, charging him with incompetence and cowardice. Hodge was acquitted of the charges and later reinstated to field command. He was promoted to colonel May 6, 1863 and briefly served as inspector-general at Cumberland Gap.

Hodge represented Kentucky in the House of Representatives of the First Confederate Congress from February 18, 1862 to February 17, 1864. After his term expired, he was promoted to colonel and inspector-general and assigned command of the District of Southwest Mississippi and East Louisiana, a post he held until the end of the war. Hodge was promoted acting brigadier general November 20, 1863, but the promotion was rejected by the Confederate Senate. The promotion was resubmitted August 2, 1864 and, again, went unconfirmed. Although he was paroled as a brigadier general and Warner lists him as a Confederate general, Eicher shows him as unconfirmed at that grade and does not list him as a general.

Later life[edit]

After the Civil War, Hodge returned to his law practice in Newport. He remained active in politics and served as an elector for the Greeley ticket in 1872. Hodge was elected to the Kentucky Senate and served 1873 to 1877. He also became an orange grower and spent the last years of his life in Florida.

He died August 1, 1892 in Longwood, Florida[2] and was interred in Seminole, Florida. His remains were moved to Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, Kentucky in 1903.


  • Sketch of the First Kentucky Brigade (Frankfort, KY: Printed at the Kentucky Yeoman Office, Major & Johnston), 1874.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ By 1850, the family had moved to Mason County, Kentucky.
  2. ^ Some sources state Orange County, Florida


  • Allardice, Bruce S. Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8262-1809-4.
  • Allardice, Bruce S. More Generals in Gray. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995. ISBN 978-0-8071-3148-0.
  • Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0-8047-3641-1.
  • Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1959. ISBN 978-0-8071-0823-9.

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