Alexander Robert Lawton

Quartermaster General

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

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Alexander Robert Lawton, a brother-in-law of General E. P. Alexander, was born in Beaufort District, South Carolina, November 4, 1818. He was graduated from West Point in 1839 and resigned in 1841 to enter Harvard Law School, from which he was in turn graduated the following year. Settling in Savannah, Georgia, which was to be his home until his death, he practiced law, was president of the Augusta & Savannah Railroad, and served in both houses of the Georgia  legislature.  He struck the first blow for independence in Georgia by seizing Fort Pulaski. He was appointed brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Confederacy on April 13, 1861, and was duly confirmed by the Provisional Congress on August 28. Following a most creditable record with the Virginia Army in the Seven Days battles, and at Sharpsburg, where he was badly wounded, he was placed in command of the quartermaster general's department in the fall of 1863. He remained there and rendered distinguished service until the end of the war. General Lawton then resumed the practice of his profession in Savannah, and soon became an important figure in politics. After being a member of the legislature from 1870 to 1875, he was chairman of the state electoral commission in president pro tem, of the state constitutional convention of 1877, and leader of the Georgia delegation at the Democratic National Conventions of 1880 and 1884. Defeated by Joseph E. Brown (a sometime Republican who espoused the policies of Reconstruction) for the United States Senate in 1880, he was in 1887 appointed minister to Austria by President Cleveland. His death occurred at Clifton Springs, New York, July 2, 1896, whence his body was taken to Savannah for burial

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.