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General John B. Floyd
John B. Floyd was governor of Virginia (1849–1852) and son of Virginia governor John Floyd (1830–1834). Floyd later served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War (1861–1865). At Fort Donelson, Tennessee, in February 1862, he held off the forces of Union brigadier general Ulysses S. Grant for two days. Rather than personally surrender, however, he and his Virginia soldiers fled by steamboat in the middle of the night, leaving the duty to his third in command. Floyd was relieved of his command a month later.