Lucius Jeremiah Gartrell

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Lucius Jeremiah Gartrell was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, January 7, 1821, and obtained his education at Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, and Franklin College, Georgia; after which he studied law and was admitted to the bar. He was successively solicitor general of the northern judicial district, member of the legislature, Presidential Elector in 1856, and from 1857 to 1861 a member of the United States Congress. Resigning his Congressional seat in January 1861, he organized the 7th Georgia Infantry, of which he was elected colonel, and led it at First Manassas. Having been elected to the Confederate Congress, he resigned his army commission in January 1862, and served until 1864 in the House of Representatives. In that year Gartrell was appointed brigadier general to rank from August 22. He proceeded to recruit four regiments of Georgia reserves, with which he did good service in opposing Sherman's advance into South Carolina. He was wounded near Coosawhatchie. After the surrender General Gartrell returned to his law practice in Atlanta, and in 1877 was a member of the state constitutional convention. Five years later he ran against Alexander H. Stephens for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, but was unsuccessful. He died at Atlanta, April 7, 1891, and is buried in Oakland Cemetery.

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