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Confederate (CSA)

Major

Philemon Tracy

(1831 - 1862)

Home State: Georgia

Education: Yale University

Command Billet: Regimental Major

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Formerly the Editor of the Georgia (Macon) Telegraph, and a lawyer, he was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1859. He was elected Major of the 6th Georgia Infantry on the organization of the regiment on 26 May 1861. He was wounded in the head and leg at the Battle of Seven Pines (31 May 1862), but returned to duty in time for the Maryland Campaign.

On the Campaign

He was next senior man, and in command of the regiment after Lt Colonel Newton was killed on 17 September, but was himself also killed in action. General DH Hill reported "The modest and heroic Major [P.] Tracy, of the Sixth Georgia, met there, too, a bloody grave. "

The rest of the War

His body was recovered by his uncle Judge Phineas Tracy of Batavia, NY, which is where he was buried.

References & notes

Sources: Roster of Field and Staff Officers, 6th Georgia Infantry, transcribed online on RootsWeb by Carla Cegielski; and
Biographical details compiled by Mark Dolby on his Confederate Activities Behind Enemy Lines page.

His brother General Edward Dorr Tracy, Jr. was killed at Port Gibson, Mississippi on 1 May 1863 in command of a Brigade.

Birth

6/27/1831; Macon, GA

Death

09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Batavia Cemetery, Batavia, NY