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G. M. Sorrel
G. M. Sorrel

Confederate (CSA)


Gilbert Moxley Sorrel

(1838 - 1901)
Home State: Georgia
Command Billet: none
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Longstreet's Command


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Pre-War Profession: Bank clerk, private in (Savannah) GA state militia. In 1861 he took part in the capture of Ft Pulaski as private in the Georgia Hussars.

With a letter of introduction from Col. Jordon, Beaureguard's A.A.G., and a friend of Sorrel's father, he reported to General Longstreet at Manassas on 21 July 1861. He served initially as a volunteer aide-de-camp.

On 11 September 1861 Sorrel received a Captain's commission and was assignment as A.A.G. on Longstreet's staff. He was promoted to Major on 5 May 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was Longstreet's Assistant Adjutant-General and was reported wounded at the battle (in Gen Longstreet's report).

The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 18 June 1863. He served on Longstreet's staff until October 1864 when he was appointed Brigadier General. He then commanded Sorrel's Brigade of Mahone's Division at Petersburg and Hatcher's Run, being wounded in both actions.

After the War:
He was a merchant and steamship executive. He wrote memoirs: Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer (pub. 1905).

Birth Date: 2/23/1838    Place of Birth: Savannah, GA    
Death Date: 8/10/1901    Death Place: Roanoke, VA    Burial Place: Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, GA

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