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Gilbert Moxley Sorrel
Birth: Feb. 23, 1838
Chatham County
Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 1901
Roanoke City
Virginia, USA

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a clerk for a railroad at the outbreak of the Civil War. He also was a Private in the Georgia Hussars, a militia company. After witnessing the reduction of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, he participated in the capture of Fort Pulaski, Georgia, then went to Virginia, where, before First Bull Run, he secured a position on Lieutenant General James Longstreet's staff as Captain and volunteer aide-de-camp. From that battle until the Wilderness, his Civil War career was inextricably linked to that of Longstreet. As Longstreet rose in rank to command of the I Corps, his duties increased, and he eventually became the I Corps's chief of staff. Rising to the rank of Colonel, he participated with Longstreet in every major campaign in the East and went with his commander to the West during the Chickamauga and Knoxville campaigns. During the Battle of the Wilderness, where Longstreet was critically wounded, he personally led 4 brigades in a successful envelopment of the Union left. On October 27, 1864, he was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned to command of a brigade in Major General William Mahone's division. Later that autumn he sustained a leg wound in the battles around Petersburg, Virginia. On February 7, 1865, he fell with a severe chest wound in an engagement at Hatcher's Run. He was returning to his command when the Confederate army was surrendered at Appomattox. After the war he returned to Savannah. A merchant, he was also connected with a steamship company. In 1905 he published Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer, one of the most valuable and perceptive memoirs of an aide. He later would die near Roanoke, Virginia. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
Family links: 
  Francis Sorrel (1793 - 1870)
  Matilda Aminta Douglass Moxley Sorrel (1806 - 1860)
  Kate Amelie DuBignon Sorrel (1846 - 1919)*
  Alexander Claxton Sorrel (____ - 1908)*
  Aminta Elizabeth Douglass Sorrel Mackall (1823 - 1904)**
  Francis Sorrel (1827 - 1916)**
  Lucinda Ireland Sorrel Elliott (1829 - 1903)*
  Gilbert Moxley Sorrel (1838 - 1901)
  Annie Middleton Sorrel Blech (1849 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
Laurel Grove Cemetery (North)
Chatham County
Georgia, USA
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Record added: Jul 16, 2000
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For services rendered the Confederacy and serving as General Longstreet's Chief of Staff. Rest in peace, General.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Feb. 23, 2016
With honor and respect, thank you for your service to the South.
- Birdgirl
 Added: Jan. 22, 2016

- Lazer
 Added: Feb. 23, 2015
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