Marcellus Augustus Stovall

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Marcellus Augustus Stovall was born in Sparta, Georgia, September 18, 1818. He attended school in Massachusetts. In 1835, at the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the Richmond Blues of Augusta, Georgia, for service in the Seminole uprising of that year. In 1836 he was appointed to the United States Military Academy, but remained only one year because of illness. After a tour of Europe he returned to Augusta, and in 1846 settled on an estate near Rome in Floyd County. Captain of the Cherokee Artillery in 1861, he was made colonel of artillery in the state militia, and in October lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Georgia Battalion of infantry, in the Provisional Army. He was stationed in East Tennessee for a time and accompanied Kirby Smith into Kentucky. Afterwards he was attached to the Army of Tennessee, then under the command of General Bragg. He was also present at Murfreesboro. For his services at Chickamauga he was warmly commended by General Breckinridge. His promotion to brigadier dated from January 20, 1863. Thereafter he fought gallantly in the Atlanta campaign, accompanied General Hood into Tennessee, and with the remnant of the army, joined General Johnston in the Carolinas. Paroled on May 9, 1865, General Stovall returned to Augusta and engaged in cotton brokerage and the manufacture of fertilizers, organizing and operating the Georgia Chemical Works. He died at Augusta on August 4, 1895, and is buried there.

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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