William Wing Loring

Major 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 Wing Loring, "Old Blizzards," was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, December 4, 1818. His parents shortly afterwards took him to Florida. His diverse career began as a mere youth with operations against the Seminoles. Later he studied law, and was elected to the Florida legislature. Commissioned directly into the regular army in 1846 as a captain of the newly-established Regiment of Mounted Riflemen, he won the brevets of major and lieutenant colonel in Mexico, losing an arm at the battle of Chapultepec. Promoted colonel of his regiment on December 30, 1856, he was both then and at the time of his resignation, on May 13, 1861, the youngest line colonel in the old army. He was appointed brigadier general in the Confederate Army on May 20. 1861, and major general on February 15, 1862. Loring was the senior major general on active held duty in Confederate service when he surrendered with General Joseph E. Johnston in April 1865. He clashed violently with Stonewall Jackson over the conduct of operations in the Romney Expedition during the winter of 1861-62. He was relieved from duty with Jackson, and then commanded in Southwestern Virginia. Assigned to the Army of Mississippi in December 1862, his division was cut off from the main body of Pemberton's forces at the battle of Baker's Creek, and thus escaped capture at Vicksburg. From then until the end of the war he commanded a division under General Leonidas Polk and in the Army of Tennessee under Generals Johnston and Hood. He went abroad after the termination of hostilities, and entered the service of the Khedive of Egypt in 1869. He rose to the rank of general of division and was twice decorated. He returned to the United States in 1879, where he died in New York City on December 30, 1886. He is buried in St. Augustine, Florida.

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