George Earl Maney

Brigadier General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

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

George Earl Maney was born at Franklin, Tennessee, August 24, 1826. He was educated at the Nashville Seminary and the University of Nashville, where he was graduated in 1845. After participating in the war with Mexico, both as a volunteer and in the regulars, he was admitted to the bar in 1850, practicing law in Nashville until 1861. First a captain in the 11th Tennessee, he was elected colonel of the 1st Tennessee in May, and took part in the Cheat Mountain campaign under General R. E. Lee, and served under Stonewall Jackson at Bath and Romney. Thereafter his service was with the Army of Tennessee. For gallantry at Shiloh he was promoted brigadier general to rank from April 16, 1862; and then fought in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and in the Atlanta campaign. While he was in temporary command of Cheatham's division at Jonesboro, he seems to have been relieved on the night of August 31, 1864, and makes no further appearance in the records, although he is stated to have been paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina, May 1, 1865. General Maney became president of the Tennessee & Pacific Railroad in 1868, and was the Republican nominee for governor of Tennessee in 1876, but withdrew his candidacy before the general election. From 1881 until 1894 he occupied successive diplomatic posts in Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay. His death occurred suddenly in Washington, D. C, February 9, 1901. He is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville.

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