James Adolphus (Dolph) Glenn was born in Mississippi September 6, 1846. He was the son of William H. Glenn (October 20, 1817-May 20, 1903) and Elizabeth Montgomery Glenn (October 6, 1816-December 29, 1906), both born in South Carolina. James's siblings were Sarah A. Glenn Montgomery (1841-1932), M. Emeline Glenn Williams (1843-1925), and Mary Glenn (1850-1852). William and Elizabeth also adopted Isabelle Cypert, who married Albert Jordan Moore. Isabelle's sister, Lucy Cypert, was adopted by M. Emeline Glenn and her husband, Ben Pope Williams.
The family lived in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, before the War, and James enlisted in the 6th Mississippi Cavalry in November 1863 under Captain C. A. Johnson and Colonel Isham Harrison. The 6th saw action in Alabama and Mississippi, and consolidated with the 8th Mississippi Cavalry in February 1865. The regiment surrendered May 4, 1865, and James was paroled on May 12.
He returned to Oktibbeha County and worked with his father as a farmer. James married Dora Hogan November 19, 1874, in Starkville, Mississippi. She was born in Oktibbeha County in 1853, the daughter of Cicero Augustus Hogan and Elliott A. Dabney Hogan. James and Dora had no children.
James Glenn applied for a pension from the state of Mississippi on August 30, 1922, which was granted.
He appeared in a photograph in the local newspaper on his birthday, September 6, 1940, identifying him as "General J. A. Glenn." His service record indicated that he was a private when both mustering in and out of service, and he was only 18 years old at enlistment, which makes his title of "General" highly suspect as an earned title in the military. It is possible that he was involved in the United Confederate Veterans (this photo shows souvenir medals from reunions), in which officers in the organization gained rank. However a general would have been very high in the organization, and I have found no evidence of that being the case. A more likely possibility is that local residents in the county simply honored him for his late service and his age.
He died in 1941 and his widow, Dora, applied for a continuation of his pension on September 4 of that year. She died in 1947, and both are buried in Oktibbeha County.
James Adolphus Glenn's Obituary, 1941 (from www.findagrave.com website; no date or newspaper listed)
Services to be Held Today for 94-Year-Old Resident
General James Adolphus Glenn, 94-year-old Confederate veteran and one of Starkville's most beloved figures, died Wednesday night at his home near here following several months illness. Funeral services have been set for 9:30 Friday morning from the local Baptist church with Dr. J. D. Ray in charge. Dr. B. M. Walker, intimate friend of General Glenn, will also speak. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dora Hogan Glenn, a first cousin, Mrs. A. M. Maxwell of Starkville, and several nieces and nephews.
- 1850-1940 Federal Census, Oktibbeha County, MS. .
- James Glenn Service Record, 6th Mississippi Cavalry, CSA. .
- James A. Glenn Pension Application; Dora Hogan Glenn Widow's Pension Application. .
- www.findagrave.com citations for Glenns and Williamses. .
- Personal recollections of Pope Montgomery Cothrun via his daughter Delia L. Cothrun Bourne. Pope was the son of Lucy Cypert Williams and William Terrell Cothrun. As noted, Lucy was the adopted daughter of M. Emeline (Emma) Glenn Williams, James Adolphus's sister.