William Tatum Wofford

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

William Tatum Wofford was born in Habersham County, Georgia, June 28, 1824. He was educated in the local schools and at Gwinnett County Manual Labor School. Afterwards he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Cassville, Georgia. He served as captain of a battalion of Georgia mounted volunteers in the Mexican War. From 1849 to 1853 he occupied a seat in the legislature, edited for a time the Cassville Standard, and as a member of the state convention of 1861, voted against secession. He soon was in the army as colonel of the 18th Georgia Infantry, and after being briefly employed in North Carolina, took part in the 1862 campaign around Richmond in Hood's Texas Brigade. At Second Manassas, South Mountain, and Sharpsburg he commanded the brigade as senior colonel. At Fredericksburg the 18th was in T. R. R. Cobb's brigade; and Wofford succeeded Cobb after the latter's death there. He was officially promoted to brigadier general from January 17, 1863. Thereafter General Wofford was continuously with the 1st Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia—first under McLaws, and later Kershaw — at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Knoxville, in the Overland campaign of 1864, and in the Shenandoah. On January 23, 1865, at the request of Governor Brown, he was assigned to command of the Department of North Georgia. He was paroled at Resaca on May 2, 1865. Forthwith elected to the national House of Representatives, he was refused his seat by the Republican radicals. During the remainder of his life General Wofford was active in railroad organization and in civic matters, serving as trustee of several educational institutions and as a member of the state constitutional convention of 1877. He died near Cass Station, Georgia, May 22, 1884, and is buried in Cassville Cemetery.

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

Previous Page