Henry Constantine Wayne

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Henry Constantine Wayne was born in Savannah, Georgia, on September 18, 1815. He received his early education in the schools of Northampton and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1834 he was appointed to West Point and was graduated in 1838 as a 2nd lieutenant in the 4th Artillery. He transferred to the quartermaster's department in 1846 with rank of staff captain; he was brevetted major for gallantry at the battles of Contreras and Churubusco in Mexico. During the 1850's Wayne was engaged in procuring camels in Africa and testing in the southwestern United States their adaptability for use as a means of army transportation. He resigned from the old army on December 31, 1860, and upon the secession of Georgia, he was appointed adjutant and inspector general of the state by Governor Joseph E. Brown. On December 16, 1861 Wayne was commissioned a brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States. However, four days after being ordered to Joseph E. Johnston at Manassas Junction (January 7, 1862), he resigned his Confederate commission. He then served until the end of the war in his former capacity. He was for a time directly in command of the Georgia militia, until relieved by General G. W. Smith in September 1864. At the close of hostilities General Wayne resumed residence in Savannah, where he was in the lumber business from 1866 to 1875. He died there on March 15, 1883. In 1850 he published Sword Exercises Arranged for Military Instruction. He is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah.

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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