Gilbert Moxley Sorrel

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Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, a brother-in-law of General W. W. Mackall, was born at Savannah, Georgia, February 23, 1838. In 1861 he was a clerk in the banking department of the Central Railroad of Georgia and a private in the Georgia Hussars, a Savannah militia company. After witnessing the bombardment of Fort Sumter and taking part in the capture of Fort Pulaski, Sorrel determined to go to Richmond and "get into the fight." Attached to General Longstreet's staff as captain and volunteer aide-de-camp, he was present at First Manassas. From then until his chief's wounding at the Wilderness, Sorrel was constantly at Longstreet's side. He was promoted through grades to lieutenant colonel and chief of staff of the 1st Corps, and was present at every engagement of that command. At the Wilderness he was detailed to lead the troops which rolled up the left of the Federal II Corps. On October 27, 1864 he was appointed brigadier general and placed in command of a brigade of Georgia regiments in Mahone's division of the 3rd Corps. He was wounded in the leg near Petersburg, and was shot through the lung at Hatcher's Run in February 1865. He was at Lynchburg en route back to his command when he learned of the surrender of Appomattox. After the war General Sorrel was a merchant at Savannah and later was connected with a steamship company. He died near Roanoke, Virginia, August 10, 1901, but is buried in Savannah. Sorrel wrote Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer.

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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