(1818 - 1886)
Home State: Georgia
Education: University of Georgia, Class of 1841
Branch of Service: Infantry
He was a lawyer in Henry County, GA to 1851, then in Atlanta, served in the state legislature, and was mayor of Atlanta (1857-59). In 1860 he was a 39 year old lawyer in Atlanta. He enrolled with the Battalion at Decatur, GA on 1 August 1861 as Captain of Company A and was promoted to Major on 16 August 1862 (to date from 18 July).
On the Campaign
He took command of the Battalion after Lieutenant Colonel Lamar was wounded on 14 September, and led it in combat at the Sunken Road at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 20 December 1862 to date from Lieutenant Colonel Lamar's death on 15 September 1862. He was wounded by a gunshot to his left arm near the elbow at Chancellorsville on 3 May 1863. He applied for transfer from a private home in Richmond to a hospital in Atlanta, GA on 30 June 1863, but is also listed as being in command of the Battalion at Gettysburg 2 days later (which seems unlikely). He was afterward in a hospital in Atlanta and applied for a non-combat militia post there in November 1863. He was officially retired from active field service to the Invalid Corps due to his Chancellorsville wound on 11 December 1864, and was in command of the post at Atlanta, GA by 18 January 1865 and to at least 2 March.
After the War
By 1870 and to at least 1880 he again practiced law in Atlanta.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1850-1880, and Thomas Walter Reed's manuscript History of the University of Georgia (1948) [online]. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married T.R.R. and Howell Cobb's sister Mildred Lewis Cobb (1820-1900) in April 1842 and they had 7 children.
More on the Web
A photograph of him taken in about 1850 is online from a descendent, on Wikipedia.
11/26/1818; Greene County, GA
06/09/1886; Atlanta, GA; burial in Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, GA