Spanish American War and Confederate Civil War Veteran. Member of the Military and Naval Commission for the transfer of Porto Rico from Spain to the United States.
From Who's Who in the World, 1912
Gordon, William W.: Merchant. engaged in cotton business, Savannah, Ga, since 1854; partner, W.W. Gordon & Co.; A.B. Yale, 1854. Second Lt. Ga. Hussars, J.E.B., Stuart's Cav., C.S.A.; capt and insp. Mercer's brigade of Inf.; capt. and adj. Anderson's brigade, Wheeler's cav., wounded at Lovejoy's Sta., Ga.; placed upon the Roll of Honor for gallantry at Frederick City, Md.
After war served in Ga. cav. four times in command of troops for riot duty.
Vice-president of Merchant's National Bank, 1894-98; pres. Savannah Cotton Exchange, 1876-79, Savannah Belevolent Ass'n, 1890-91. Member Ga. House of Rep. 1883-90. Brig-gen. U.S.V., May 27, 1898-March 24, 1899.
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Obituary from El Paso Herald,El Paso, Texas
11 September 1912
VETERAN OF TWO WARS DIES IN WEST VIRGINIA
Savannah, Ga., Sept. 11 – General W. W. Gordon, of this city, brigadier general of the second brigade, first division of the Fourth army corps, United States volunteers, during the Spanish-American war, and a confederate veteran, died today at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., according to a message received here today. The body will be brought here for burial.
The Independent-Herald, Hinton, West Virginia -- September 19, 1912
General W W Gordon, of Savannah, Ga, a confederate veteran and a brigadier-general of United States volunteers during the Spanish-American war, died Wednesday, Sept 11, at White Sulphur Spring. The body was shipped to Savannah for burial.
General Gordon was born at Savannah, Georgia, Oct 14, 1834, and served the confederacy as an officer in Stuart's cavalry and later in the infantry.
After the Spanish American war he was one of three commissioners to arrange for the evacuation of Porto Rico, serving with Admiral Schley and Gen Brooks. He is survived by a widow, who was Miss Eleanor Lytle Kinsie the first white child born in Fort Dearborn (Chicago) and three sons. For half a century he was head of the cotton firm of W W Gordon & Co.
Eleanor Lytle Kinzie Gordon
1835–1917 (m. 1857)