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Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws



Born: January 15, 1821

Augusta, Georgia

Died: July 24, 1897

Savannah, Georgia




1842: West Point Graduate

1861: Resigned commission as Captain, USA

1861: Commissioned as Colonel

September 21, 1861: Brig. General

May 23, 1862: Major General

Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws Seated

1842: West Point Graduate - 48th out of 56

Mexican/American War: Served as an Infantry Officer

Utah War: Suppressing the Mormon uprising

March 23, 1861: Resigned his commission as a captain USA with the start of the war

Commissioned as Colonel in Confederate States Army of the 10th Georgia Infantry

September 21, 1861: Appointed Brigadier General

May 23, 1862: Appointed Major General

During Northern Virginia Campaign, remained near Virginia to observe McClellan's retreat

September 1862: Maryland Campaign

September 14, 1862: Captured Maryland Heights at Harper's Ferry

September 14, 1862: Battle of South Mountain

September 17, 1862: Battle of Antietam, West Woods

December 13, 1862: Battle of Fredericksburg

July 1-3, 1863: Battle of Gettysburg - Wheatfield, Peach Orchard and Cemetery Ridge

Accompanied Gen. Longstreet to Tennessee, but was to late for Chickamuaga

October-November 1863: Chattanooga Campaign

17 November-5 December 1863: Knoxville Campaign -- Longstreet relieved McLaws for failing to attack Fort Sanders, citing "a want of confidence in the efforts and plans which the Commanding General has thought proper to adopt." Longstreet submitted these charges of "neglect of duty" but did not request a court-martial as he could be used elsewhere. Found guilty of one charge, but was overturned by Inspector General Cooper.

Assigned to Savannah, Georgia where he was unable to stop Maj. Gen. Sherman's March to the Sea.

February 3, 1865: Battle of River's Bridge

March 16, 1865: Battle of Averasboro

March 19-21, 1865: Battle of Bentonville

Boatner, Mark M. III. The Civil War Dictionary. New York: David McKay, 1967. p 536

Lafayette McLaws. 22 February 2020. web. 23 April 2020.

Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Gray Lives of the Confederate Commanders. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State, 1959. p 204-205

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