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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 Sharpsburg

Known as Moxley, he was a clerk in the banking department of the Central Railroad, and a Private in the Georgia state militia in Savannah. 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 Assistant Adjutant General (AAG), 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 assigned as AAG on Longstreet's staff. He was promoted to Major on 5 May 1862.

On the Campaign

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

The rest 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), source of service information above. His brother Alexander was also a staff officer at Sharpsburg.


2/23/1838; Savannah, GA


8/10/1901; Roanoke, VA; burial in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, GA