Gordon attended the University of Georgia; was a lawyer in Atlanta; and managed a coal mine prior to the Civil War. He raised the "Raccoon Roughs" of the 6th Alabama Infantry - CSA; and was made Captain. In 1862, he was promoted Colonel of the 6th Alabama and fought in the Army of Northern Virginia. Following his wounding at Sharpsburg, Maryland, September 17, 1862, Gordon was promoted to Brigadier-General and assigned command of Lawton's Georgia brigade. In May 1864, he was promoted Major General ; and later was placed in command of the Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, for the remainder of the war. Robert E. Lee assigned the formal surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on April 12, 1865, to Gordon. After the war, he resumed legal practice and was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate, serving 1873 to 1880. He was elected Governor of Georgia in 1886, serving until 1890 and in 1891, again elected to the United States Senate, serving until 1897. Served as the Commander-in-Chief of the United Confederate Veterans (UCV) from its inception until his death in 1904. His memoirs, "Reminiscences of the Civil War," was published in 1903 and has been reprinted several times.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
LIEUT GEN 6 ALA BRIG
CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY
Frances Rebecca Haralson Gordon
1837–1931 (m. 1854)