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A. R. Lawton

A. R. Lawton

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

Alexander Robert Lawton

(1818 - 1896)

Home State: Georgia

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1839;Class Rank: 13

Command Billet: Commanding Division

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Ewell's Division

Before Sharpsburg

He served in the US 1st Artillery until resigning in 1840. He then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1842. He settled in Savannah, Georgia, and entered the fields of law, railroad administration and state politics.

At the outbreak of the War, he was Colonel of the 1st Georgia which seized Fort Pulaski as Georgia's first act of war. He was promoted to B.G. on 13 April 1861 and was in charge of the Georgia coast defenses, until he joined General Stonewall Jackson in his valley campaign in June of 1862.

On the Campaign

Commanded Ewell's Division in Jackson's Command until wounded (relieved by Brigadier General Jubal Early).

The rest of the War

Disabled by his Sharpsburg wound until May 1863, he was appointed the Quartermaster General of the Confederacy.

After the War

After the war he was involved in Georgia politics and railroads. He lost the 1880 election for the US Senate. Chosen president of the American Bar Association in 1882, he was appointed minister to Austria in 1887.

References & notes

Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903.; and,
Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889. See his gravesite from find-a-grave. His picture from a photograph at the Library of Congress.


11/4/1818; Beaufort, SC


7/2/1896; Clifton Springs, NY; burial in Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA