Saturday, August 18, 2012

Capt. D. A. Given, Jr.

Capt. Dickson Augustus Given, Jr. was born on August 6th, 1842 in Kentucky to Dickson Augustus Given, Sr. and Clarissa Goodall Given. The 1860 census records the family living in Paducah, McCracken County.

Statue of Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman at Vicksburg Memorial ParkWhen the seige of Vicksburg ended on the 4th of July, 1863, 1st Lt. D. A. Given, Jr. is listed among those prisoners captured and paroled the next day. He is recorded on those lists of prisoners who surrendered at Vicksburg as an aide-de-camp of Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman. Gen. Tilghman had died during the Vicksburg Campaign six weeks before on May 16, 1863 at the Battle of Champion Hill. Gen. Tilghman apparently had several aides for his nephew Oswald Tilghman was also his aide-de-camp and was famously at his side when he fell.

Like most of the officers of the Confederacy, he returned to service after being paroled at Vicksburg. On May 4th, 1865, Capt. D. A. Given, Jr., A.D.C., was among the soldiers of Buford's Division who were surrendered by Gen. Nathan Bedford Forest at Gainesville, Alabama.

D. A. Given, Jr. died in New Orleans, Louisiana on the 23rd of November 1895.

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