William Montgomery Gardner

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William Montgomery Gardner, a graduate of West Point in the class of 1846, was born at Augusta, Georgia, June 8, 1824. Wounded and brevetted for gallantry in Mexico, he resigned from the old army in January 1861 and went to Virginia with the first troops from his state as lieutenant colonel of the 8th Georgia. His leg was so badly shattered by a ball at First Manassas that he did not recover for a year and was incapacitated for active field service for the balance of the war. He was appointed a brigadier general during his convalescence, to rank from November 14, 1861, and although maimed for life, he subsequently commanded the District of Middle Florida, participated in the battle of Olustee, and in 1864 was assigned to the command of military prisons east of the Mississippi. During the closing weeks of the war he was commandant of the post at Richmond, Virginia. When peace was declared General Gardner returned to Georgia, living first near Augusta and later at Rome. The last years of his life were spent at the home of a son in Memphis, Tennessee, where he died, June 16, 1901, and where he is buried in Elmwood 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.