Dabney Herndon Maury

Major General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

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Dabney Herndon Maury was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 21, 1822. He was graduated from the University of Virginia in 1842. He commenced the study of law, but soon obtained an appointment to West Point, from which he was graduated in 1846. His antebellum record in the old army was distinguished and included the brevet of 1st lieutenant for gallani and meritorious service at Cerro Gordo in the Mexican War. He was dismissed on June 25, 1861, "it having been ascertained to the satisfaction of the War Department that he entertained and had expressed treasonable designs . . . ." Maury's first post of importance in the Confederacy was as colonel and chief of staff to General Van Dorn, then commanding in the Trans-Mississippi. He was promoted brigadier general for his conduct at Pea Ridge on March 18, 1862 to rank from March 12. He fought gallantly at Iuka and Corinth and was appointed major general November 4, 1862. After brief service at Vicksburg and in East Tennessee, he assumed command at Mobile, which he most ably defended until its capture at the close of the war. In 1868 he was the founder of the Southern Historical Society. He also served as a member of the executive committee of the National Guard Association, and was for four years United States minister to Colombia. When old and financially much straitened, General Maury declined to lend his name as one of the supervisors of the Louisiana Lottery. He died at the home of a son in Peoria, Illinois, January 11, 1900, and was buried in the town of his birth. Maury wrote the charming Recollections of a Virginian.

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