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Confederate (CSA)


Alexander Claxton Sorrel

(1840 - 1908)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: Pickett's (Garnett's) Brigade

Before Sharpsburg

Known as Claxton, in the "Spring of 1861, a member of the Georgia Hussars [, he] was mustered into the service of the State for thirty days. The Company [was] sent to Skidaway Island [GA]. June 1861 [he] went to Richmond and enlisted for the war in the Troupe Artillery of Athens, Ga." He was appointed Lieutenant and aide-de-camp (ADC) to his brother-in-law General Mackall on 18 March 1862. He was commissioned Lieutenant, Company I, First Georgia Regulars on 24 June 1862.

On the Campaign

From General Garnett's Report:

Lieutenant McIntire, Eighth [Nineteenth] Virginia Volunteers, acting assistant adjutant-general; Lieuts. Elliott Johnston and A. C. Sorrel, First Georgia Regulars, acting aides-de-camp, composed my staff. It is with much pleasure that I acknowledge the zeal, intelligence, and bravery with which they discharged their duties pending the battle.

The rest of the War

"Feb. 17-1864 Commissioned Capt. & A.A.G., C.S.A. and ordered to report to Gen. W.W. Mackall, Chief of Staff [to] Joseph E. Johnson reporting for duty at Dalton, Ga. When Johnson was relieved of his command at Atlanta [he] was ordered to report to Gen. Bratton, S.C Brigade A.N.V. serving with this Brigade to the end of the war, surrendering with Lee's Army at Appomattox [9 April 1865]... "

After the War

"... [he] travel[ed] through the Country to Savannah, arriving at Augusta [he] found Edward C. Anderson and rode through the country to Savannah, arriving there in June 1865." He later lived in Griffin, GA.

References & notes

Service from Krick.1 Quoted details from his own service summary, among his papers in the collection of the University of North Carolina libraries, available online. They also include family genealogical information. More in Duncan's Roll of Officers and Members of the Georgia Hussars ... (1906), which also has a post-War photo of him. He was General Gilbert Moxley Sorrel's brother; their sister Aminta Elizabeth Douglass Sorrel married William W. Mackall. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


08/17/1840; Savannah, GA


01/10/1908; burial in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, GA


1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pp. 272-273  [AotW citation 17600]