(1831 - 1862)
Home State: Georgia
Education: Yale University (1852), Harvard Law, Class of 1855
Branch of Service: Staff
Unit: McLaws' Division
After graduating from law school in 1855, he studied and practiced in Savannah and also spent "considerable time" in New York City where he "read the law". He served in the 10th Georgia Infantry, Colonel Lafayette McLaws, commanding, and Read's Battery (Pulaski Artillery) in 1861. He was appointed Lieutenant and Ordnance Officer to Brigadier General McLaws about August 1861 and was acting aide-de-camp (ADC) by May 1862. He was formally commissioned ADC 7 July 1862 and promoted to Captain, date not given.
On the Campaign
He was on the Maryland Campaign on General McLaws' staff. After Sharpsburg the General reported:
To Captain King and Lieutenant Tucker, aides-de-camp ... I am indebted for their zeal and activity; their gallantry was conspicuous in the performance of their duties.
The rest of the War
He was killed in action while ADC to General McLaws at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862.
After the War
Originally buried in Savannah, GA, his remains were reinterred in St. Simons after the war.
References & notes
More on the Web
Many of his wartime letters and a typescript of his 1862 diary are in the collection of the Georgia Historical Society [finding aid].
04/1831; Saint Simons Island, GA
12/13/1862; Fredericksburg, VA; burial in Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery, Saint Simons Island, GA
1 US War Department, List of Staff Officers of the Confederate States Army, 1861-1865, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1891, pg. 92 [AotW citation 21287]
2 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, pg. 194 [AotW citation 21292]