William Andrew Quarles

Brigadier General

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

William Andrew Quarles was born near Jamestown, Virginia, July 4, 1825. He moved with his parents at the age of five to Christian County, Kentucky. After studying law at the University of Virginia, he was admitted to the bar in 1848, and commenced the practice of law in Clarksville, Tennessee. A Pierce Elector in 1852, he was defeated for Congress in 1858, and meantime served as a circuit court judge, supervisor of banks for the state, and president of the Memphis, Clarksville, & Louisville Railroad. He also attended the Democratic conventions of 1856 and 1860 as a delegate from Tennessee. When the 42nd Tennessee Infantry was organized in 1861, Quarles was elected its colonel, and with it was captured at Fort Donelson. Upon his exchange he served for a time at Port Hudson in command of four consolidated Tennessee regiments. His command was later transferred to General Joseph E. Johnston's army during the Vicksburg campaign. Promoted brigadier general to rank from August 25, 1863, he took a gallant part in the Atlanta campaign and in Hood's Tennessee invasion. At the battle of Franklin he was wounded and again captured. Paroled on May 25, 1865, he returned to his home and resumed his profession. In 1875 General Quarles was elected to a seat in the Tennessee senate, and in 1880 and 1884, was a delegate to the Democratic National conventions. His death occurred at the home of a daughter in Logan County, Kentucky, December 28, 1893; he is buried in Christian County.

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