Alfred Moore Scales

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Alfred Moore Scales was born at Reidsville, North Carolina, November 26, 1827, and was educated at Caldwell Institute, Greensboro, and at the state university. After studying law and commencing practice at Madison, he was solicitor of Rockingham County, and was four times a member of the legislature. He was also a Representative in Congress from 1857 to 1859, and the following year was Presidential Elector on the Breckinridge ticket. Volunteering as a private in 1861, he was at once elected captain of Company H, 13th North Carolina, and succeeded W. D. Pender as colonel of the regiment in October. He participated in the Peninsular campaign of 1862, the Seven Days, and Fredericksburg, and was wounded at Chancellorsville. He was promoted brigadier general to rank from June 13, 1863. Again severely wounded on the first day at Gettysburg, he rode south in the same ambulance with Pender. Scales was left at Winchester, where he recovered. He took part in the 1864 campaign, but he was on sick leave in the closing months and does not seem to have been formally paroled. The records exhibit only that he applied for amnesty at Raleigh on June 22, 1866. Resuming law practice in Greensboro, General Scales continued to be active politically. He served in the legislature from 1866 to 1869, and again in Congress from 1875 to 1884. In the latter year he was elected governor of North Carolina and held office for four years. He died at Greensboro on February 8, 1892, and is buried there.

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

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