Alfred Holt Colquitt

Brigadier General

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

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Alfred Holt Colquitt was born at Monroe, Georgia, April 20, 1824. Graduated from Princeton in 1844, he afterwards studied law and was admitted to the bar. At the conclusion of the Mexican War, throughout which he had served as a staff major, he commenced the practice of his profession, and in 1852 was elected to the United States Congress, serving one term. A member of the Georgia legislature in 1859, he became a Breckinridge Elector in 1860 and a member of the state secession convention the following year. Colquitt was elected colonel of the 6th Georgia Infantry in May 1861, with which he was present on the Peninsula, in the Seven Days battles, and at Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. He was promoted brigadier to rank from September 1, 1862. In 1864 he was in command at the battle of Olustee, Florida, returning thereafter to the Army of Northern Virginia, to which his brigade was attached during the siege of Petersburg. He was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 1, 1865. General Colquitt was elected governor of Georgia in 1876 and made a notable record in reorganizing the state finances. At the expiration of his second term as governor in 1882 he was elected to the United States Senate, in which he occupied a seat until his death at Washington, March 26, 1894. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery at Macon, Georgia, his home for many years.

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