John M. Sandidge

John Milton Sandidge (January 7, 1817 – March 30, 1890) was a U.S. Representative from Louisiana.

John M. Sandidge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
John Milton Sandidge

(1817-01-07)January 7, 1817
Carnesville, Georgia
DiedMarch 30, 1890(1890-03-30) (aged 73)
Bastrop, Louisiana
Resting placeChrist Church Cemetery
Bastrop, Louisiana[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Elizabeth Gilmer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Branch/service Confederate States Army
Years of service1861–1865
RankConfederate States of America Colonel.png Colonel
UnitLouisiana Bossier Cavalry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War


Born near Carnesville, Georgia, Sandidge moved to Louisiana and became a planter. He served as colonel in the Mexican War. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1846-1855 and served two years as speaker. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1852.

Sandidge was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859). He served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-fifth Congress).

He served throughout the Civil War as Colonel of Bossier Cavalry. When Brigadier General Henry Watkins Allen was made Governor of Louisiana, he called Colonel Sandidge to his staff as Chief of Ordnance, the position he held until the close of hostilities. Sandidge surrendered the archives of the State by special request of Governor Allen. Sons, James and George Sandidge served in the Confederate Army.[2]

He died in Bastrop, Louisiana, on March 30, 1890, and was interred in Christ Church Cemetery.


  1. ^ "John Milton Sandidge". Find A Grave. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ Evans, Clement Anselm (1899). Confederate Military History Volume 10. Confederate Publishing Company. p. 569.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th congressional district

1855 – 1859
Succeeded by