On December 1, 1835, Micah Jenkins was born on Edisto Island in South Carolina. In 1854, he graduated from the South Carolina Military Academy, now called The Citadel, and, after graduation, he and fellow Citadel graduate Asbury Coward founded the King’s Mountain Military Academy. As fighting erupted in April 1861, Jenkins and Coward closed the Military Academy and joined the Confederate Army. Jenkins fought in the First Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Seven Pines, Second Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Chickamauga, and the Knoxville Campaign. During the Battle of the Wilderness, he was mortally wounded by friendly fire on May 6, 1864. He was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina. The King’s Mountain Military Academy he helped found reopened in 1866 by Coward, who became head of the academy. The school permanently closed in 1909.