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E. McI. Law
E. McI. Law

Confederate (CSA)


Evander McIvor Law

(1836 - 1920)
Home State: South Carolina
Command Billet: Brigade Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Law's Brigade

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
At the outbreak of war, he helped raise and was commissioned captain of the 4th Alabama Regiment and served at Bull Run (July, 1861). He was severely wounded at the battle but after he recovered he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and fought at 2nd Bull Run (August, 1862).

In the Antietam Campaign:
Commanded Law's Brigade of Hood's Division in Longstreet's Command. Along with the Texas Brigade, his regiments drove back the initial waves of Hooker's Federal I Corps early on the morning of the 17th. His Brigade was devastated in the charge, with greater than 50% casualties.

The remainder of the War:
Promoted to brigadier general on October 2, 1862, he led a brigade at Fredericksburg, and began the Confederate attacks at Little Round Top. When Brig. Gen. John B. Hood was severely wounded at Little Round Top, the controversy over who should replace him brought Law into conflict with Maj. Gen. James Longstreet and with Law's rival, Brig. Gen. Micah Jenkins. In December of 1863, Law resigned, and Jenkins wanted Law court-martialed. The War Department did not prefer charges, however, and Law returned to the Corps. After participating in the Battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, being wounded at the latter, he commanded a cavalry unit until the end of the war.

After the War:
After the Civil War, Law moved to Florida, helped establish the state's educational system and worked as a newspaperman, remaining active in veteran affairs.

Birth Date: 8/7/1836    Place of Birth: Darlington, SC    
College: The Citadel    
Death Date: 10/31/1920    Death Place: Bartow, FL    

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