Albert Gallatin Jenkins
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States, Confederate States (from 1861)
Date of Birth: 1830
Date of Death: 1864
Cause of Death: Battle wounds exacerbated by Pneumonia (American Civil War)
Occupation: Lawyer, planter, politician, soldier
Parents: William Jenkins, Jeanette McNutt
Spouse: Virginia Bowlin
Children: Four
Military Branch: Confederate
(American Civil War)
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Virginia,
Confederate States Representative from Virginia
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Date of Death: Unrevealed
Military Branch: CS Army (Second American Revolution)

Not to be confused with Albert Gallatin Brown, another Confederate historical figure also appearing in The Guns of the South.

Albert Gallatin Jenkins (November 10, 1830 – May 21, 1864) was an attorney, planter, representative to the United States Congress and First Confederate Congress, and a Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War. The commander of a brigade of cavalry from what would become West Virginia, he was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg and put out of action for a few months. He was wounded again, severely this time, and captured during the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain near Dublin, Virginia on May 9, 1864. A Union surgeon amputated Jenkins' arm, but he never recovered, dying 12 days later.

Albert Gallatin Jenkins in The Guns of the South[]

Albert Gallatin Jenkins' cavalry was among the first Confederate Army units to be outfitted with AK-47 repeating rifles. On May 9, 1864, just south of Cloyd's Mountain, Virginia, Jenkins' men were attacked by a much larger Federal force commanded by General George Crook and Colonel Rutherford Hayes. The new weapons gave Jenkins' cavalry an advantage beyond their numbers, and they won the day, killing Crook and Hayes in the process. Jenkins was himself wounded and had his right arm amputated. John McCausland took over Jenkins' command.[1]

Literary comment[]

Jenkins' final fate is unrevealed.


  1. The Guns of the South, pg. 157, PB.
Political offices
Preceded by
John S. Carlile
U.S. Representative from Virginia's 11th congressional district
Succeeded by
John S. Carlile
Preceded by
C.S. Representative from Virginia's 14th congressional district
Succeeded by
Samuel Augustine Miller