Evander Mclvor Law

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Evander Mclvor Law was born at Darlington, South Carolina, August 7, 1836. He was graduated from the South Carolina Military Academy in 1856, where he had acted as instructor of belles lettres during his senior year. After spending the next several years teaching and aiding in the founding of the Military High School at Tuskegee, Alabama, he recruited in 1861 a company of state troops, which he took to Pensacola. Subsequently elected lieutenant colonel of the 4th Alabama, he was severely wounded at First Manassas, and was elected colonel of the regiment in November. He led his command at Seven Pines and during the battles of the Seven Days; he was also present at Second Manassas and Sharpsburg. His promotion to brigadier general dates from October 2, 1862. Law's 4th Alabama, a part of Hood's division of Longstreet's corps, distinguished itself both at Gettysburg and at Chickamauga, where after the wounding of Hood, Law succeeded to command. Law fought gallantly at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, and was again wounded. After his recovery he was relieved at his own request from duty with the Army of Northern Virginia, and commanded a force of cavalry under Joseph E. Johnston in the Carolinas campaign of 1865. General Law lived for fifty-five years after the close of hostilities, and was an alert observer of the changing aspects of American life until his death at Bartow, Florida, October 31, 1920. During this period he played a large part in establishing the foundation of the educational system of Florida, and was an active newspaperman until his eightieth year. He also served as commander of the Florida division of the United Confederate Veterans, and wrote a number of articles on the Civil War campaigns in which he participated. He is buried in Bartow.

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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