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Bankhead, John Hollis

Matthew T. Pearcy

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Bankhead, John Hollis (13 September 1842–01 March 1920), politician, was born in Moscow, Alabama, the son of James Greer Bankhead, a planter and soldier, and Susan Hollis. Born and raised on his father’s plantation in pioneer country, John Hollis received little schooling but supplemented his formal education with extensive reading. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in Company K, Sixteenth Alabama Infantry Regiment. With that regiment, Bankhead participated in battles at Fishing Creek, Perryville, Stones River, Shiloh, and Chickamauga and was wounded on several occasions. His exemplary courage did not go unnoticed. Following the battle of Fishing Creek, he was promoted to third lieutenant, and after the battle of Shiloh he was appointed captain. A dour, towering figure, Bankhead was thereafter known as Captain John to his family and close friends....

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