Matthew Duncan Ector

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Matthew Duncan Ector was born in Putnam County, Georgia, on February 28, 1822, and was educated at Centre College, Kentucky. After admission to the Georgia bar in 1844, he served one term in the legislature and then removed to Henderson, Texas, where he was elected to the legislature of that state in 1855. Enlisting as a private in 1861, he was soon appointed adjutant of General J. L. Hogg's brigade, which he accompanied to Corinth, Mississippi. He was shortly thereafter elected colonel of the 14th Texas Cavalry. This regiment, dismounted, he led through General Bragg's invasion of Kentucky, and distinguished himself by hard fighting at the battles of Richmond and Murfreesboro. He had meantime been commissioned brigadier general to rank from August 23, 1862. He was present at Chickamauga, and returned from Mississippi to take part in the Atlanta campaign, during which he had a leg amputated because of wounds. This injury put an end to his active field service, although he participated in the defense of Mobile in the last days of the war. Returning to Texas, he resumed his law practice and was later elevated to the bench. At the time of his death in Tyler, Texas, October 29, 1879, General Ector was presiding justice of the Texas court of appeals. He was buried in Marshall, Texas.

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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.