born in Laurens District SC Jan 19, 1816. He graduated form South
in 1834. He was admitted to the bar in 1838. He then settled in Winston Co Miss.
He served as District Attorney from 1839 to1845. In 1841 he married Eleanora Ann
Howard. In 1846 Henry Gray was elected to the State Legislature and served one term.
In 1850 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress on the Whig ticket. In December of 1850
he bought 332 acres of land in Bienville Parish Louisiana in the community of Brushy
Valley. In the campaign of 1856 he was an elector for the Democratic ticket and canvassed
the state with his friend Judah P Benjamin. He was elected to the State Legislature
in 1860 and later that year lost a close race for Senator to his friend Benjamin.
At the beginning of the war he enlisted as a private in a Mississippi regiment, until
his friend Jefferson Davis called him to go back to Louisiana to raise a regiment.
In May of 1862 he organized the 28th La Inf Regiment and was elected it's Colonel.
Gray's 28th saw action around Vicksburg and various battles within Louisiana. Their
greatest moment of glory came in April of 1864. At the Battle of Mansfield the 28th
and the Consolidated Cresent Regiment were picked by Gen Richard Taylor to lead the
Charge against Banks and his marauding yankees. During the charge Gen Mouton was
mortally wounded and Gray assumed command of his division. His promotion to Brigadier
General was made later but made active back to that day. In the meantime he had been
elected to represent NW Louisiana in the Confederate Congress. After the war he spent
most of the rest of his life trying to re-establish his finances and served some
time as a State Senator. He died December 11, 1892 and is buried in Springville Cemetery
near Coushatta Louisiana.
Some Gray Chapter Members
The Henry Gray Chapter was chartered in June 1995. It has grown to be the Largest
Chapter in the Louisiana Society, doubling it's membership in 1998. It also recieved
the Gen Simon B BucknerAward that year. The Gray chapter is very active in the area.
It co-hosts an Annual Confederate Ball and does numerous programs throughout the
community.One member, Chuck McMichael, won the MOS&B's John Randolph Oratory
Contest at the 1998 Reunion in St Louis.He served as La Society Commnader from 1999 to 2001. Member Will Maosn was elected La Society Lt Cmdr in 2001. The Henry Gray chapter looks forward to
continued success in the future. To find out more about us email Commander Roger Anderson
To find out more about the MOS&B Nationally visit their Website: MOS&B
Below is the Beautiful and Historic Confederate Monument in Shreveport, La. Recently,
Gray members were instrumental in having the current (3rd) National Flag of the CSA
are many Confederate Generals buried in Louisiana: Pay
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