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GENERAL DANDRIDGE McRAE, CSA
VITAL STATISTICS
BORN: 1829 in Baldwin, AL.
DIED: 1899 in Searcy, ARK.
CAMPAIGNS: Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, Des Arc,
Vicksburg, Red River, Jenkin's Ferry.
HIGHEST RANK ACHIEVED: n/a
BIOGRAPHY
Dandridge McRae was born on October 10, 1829, in Baldwin County, Alabama. After graduating from South Carolina College in 1849, he settled in Searcy, Arkansas, where he practiced law and was clerk of the county and circuit courts for six years. When the Civil War began, McRae resigned as state inspector general and joined the Confederate forces as major of the 3d Battalion of Arkansas Infantry. He led troops at Wilson's Creek and Pea Ridge, and was praised for the skill of his troops and his own competent leadership. Maj. Gen. Theophilus H. Holmes, however, criticized McRae for his troops' lack of discipline. During the Confederate efforts to relieve Vicksburg, Holmes and McRae clashed over McRae's behavior. After McRae was cleared of Holmes charges, he fought in the Red River Campaign. He resigned his commission in 1864, and returned to his law practice in Searcy, Arkansas. In 1881, he was chosen deputy secretary of state. McRae died in Searcy, on April 23, 1899.