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L. McLaws

L. McLaws

Confederate (CSA)

Major General

Lafayette McLaws

(1821 - 1897)

Home State: Georgia

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1842

Command Billet: Division Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: McLaws' Division


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

He graduated from the USMA in 1842, saw service in the Mexican War, and resigned from the US Army in March 1861. He organized the 10th Georgia Regimant, and was its Colonel in June 1861. In September 1861 he was appointed BGen. and served under Magruder in the Peninsula campaign. In May 1862 he was promoted to MGen. commanding McLaws' Division in Longstreet's command at the battles of the Seven Days and Second Manassas.

On the Campaign

He commanded McLaws' Division in Longstreet's Command.

The rest of the War

He led his Division at Fredericksburg Chancellorsville Gettysburg Chickamauga and Knoxville. He was relieved of his command by Longstreet transferred to GA fought in the defense of Savannah and served under J E Johnston in the Carolinas campaign.

After the War

He was an Insurance agent, internal revenue collector, and postmaster.


1/15/1821; Augusta, GA


7/24/1897; Savannah, GA