George Washington Gordon

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 Washington Gordon was born in Giles County, Tennessee, October 5, 1836, and was graduated from Western Military Institute in Nashville in 1859. He then took up the work of surveying. Entering Confederate service as drillmaster of the 11th Tennessee Infantry, he was successively promoted through grades until he became colonel of the regiment in December 1862. After service in East Tennessee, he took part in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign, and Hood's invasion of Tennessee. He was wounded and captured at Franklin. He had meantime been appointed brigadier general to rank from August 15, 1864. Returning home after his release from Fort Warren in July 1865, he took up the study of law and began practice at Memphis. In 1883 General Gordon entered public life, and held a number of administrative offices under city, state, and national government. In 1906 he was elected to Congress, and was twice re-elected. He was the last Confederate general to sit in that body. At the time of his death in Memphis, August 9, 1911, he was commander-in-chief of the United Confederate Veterans. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

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