Edward Dorr Tracy

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Edward Dorr Tracy was a native of Macon, Georgia, born on November 5, 1833. By profession a lawyer, he removed to Huntsville, Alabama, in the late 1850's. In the election of 1860 he stumped Northern Alabama in behalf of the Breckinridge ticket, having been selected as an alternate Elector for the state at large. At the commencement of the war he was chosen captain of a company from Madison County which became part of the 4th Alabama Infantry. Declining appointment as major of the 12th Alabama, he fought with the 4th at First Manassas, and on October 12, 1861, became lieutenant colonel of the 19th Alabama, whose colonel was Joseph Wheeler, later major general. He was at Shiloh, where he had a horse killed under him, and he subsequently went into East Tennessee with John P. McCown's division. He was recommended for promotion by Kirby Smith, his commission of brigadier general being dated August 16, 1862. Early in 1863 General Tracy's brigade of five Alabama regiments was sent to the Vicksburg theatre and reached Port Gibson, Mississippi, in time to take part in the battle of May 1. Of approximately 1500 officers and men present for duty equipped, the brigade sustained losses of 272 killed, wounded, and captured. Among the casualties was Tracy, who "fell near the front line, pierced through the breast, and instantly died without uttering a word." These words were reported by one of his regimental commanders, Colonel (later Brigadier General) Isham W. Garrott, who was himself killed six weeks after. General Tracy's remains were conveyed to Macon and there buried.

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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