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 Gilbert Moxley Sorrel

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Gilbert Moxley Sorrel

  • Birth 23 Feb 1838 Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 10 Aug 1901 Roanoke, Roanoke City, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 11079

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.

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  • Added: 15 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11079
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gilbert Moxley Sorrel (23 Feb 1838–10 Aug 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11079, citing Laurel Grove Cemetery (North), Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .