Goode Bryan was born in Hancock County, Georgia, August 31, 1811. He was graduated from West Point in the class of 1834 and resigned from the army the following year. From then until the outbreak of the Civil War he was a planter in Georgia and Alabama, and major of the 1st Alabama Volunteers during the Mexican War. In 1861 he was residing in Georgia, and was a member of the Georgia secession convention from Lee County. He entered Confederate service in that year, as captain of the 16th Georgia Infantry, and attained the grade of colonel in February 1862. His regiment—first attached to General Howell Cobb's brigade of General John B. Magruder's division—participated in the battles of the Seven Days around Richmond; and was later present in the Maryland campaign, and at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Bryan was promoted brigadier general to rank from August 29, 1863. His brigade accompanied the 1st Corps to the west, and after the battle of Chickamauga, engaged in the siege of Knoxville. It then returned to Virginia and participated in the battle of the Wilderness and subsequent operations of the army. Failing health compelled Bryan's resignation on September 20, 1864. Semi-retired for many years after the war, General Bryan died in Augusta, Georgia, on August 16, 1885, and is buried in the City Cemetery.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.