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Civil War Soldiers - Gordon

Gordon, George H., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Charlestown, Mass., July 19, 1824, and was graduated at the United States military academy in 1846. In the Mexican war he took part in the siege of Vera Cruz, was wounded at Cerro Gordo and brevetted 1st lieutenant for bravery there, and engaged also in the battles of Contreras and Chapultepec and the assault on and capture of the City of Mexico. On Dec. 21, 1847, he was attacked near San Juan bridge by two guerrillas, defended himself in a hand-to-hand fight and was severely wounded. He was promoted 1st lieutenant Jan. 8, 1848, was on sick leave for a year, then on duty at the cavalry school for practice at Carlisle, Pa., and subsequently was on frontier duty in Washington territory and on the coast survey, and in 1854 resigned to study law at the Harvard law school, being admitted to the bar in 1857, and practicing then in Boston until the outbreak of the Civil war. He became colonel of the 2nd Mass. regiment, May 24, 1861, was military governor of Harper's Ferry, commanded a brigade under Gen. Banks, and for his conduct in the retreat from Strasburg to Williamsport was made brigadier-general of volunteers, June 9, 1862. He engaged with his brigade at Cedar mountain, Groveton and Antietam, was then on guard duty at Harper's Ferry, engaged in the operations under Gillmore against Charleston, 1863-64, and after that had command of the Department of Florida; kept open the communications with Little Rock, Ark., by the White river, and took part in the operations against Mobile. He was in command of the eastern district of the Department of Virginia in 1864-65, was brevetted major-general of volunteers April 9, 1865, and at the close of the war returned to Boston, becoming collector of internal revenue in 1866. Gen. Gordon died at Framingham, Mass., Aug. 30, 1886.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

GORDON, JAMES B., North Carolina.
Major, Ninth North Carolina Volunteers (cavalry), May 8, 1861.
Lieutenant colonel, Ninth North Carolina Cavalry, March 1, 1862.
Brigadier general, P. A. C. S., September 5, 1863.
Major general, P. A. C. S. (temporary rank), May 14, 1864.
Killed at Yellow Tavern, Virginia, May 11, 1864.

Brigade composed of the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth North Carolina Regiments Cavalry, W. H. F. Lee's Division, Army of Northern Virginia.

Source: Military Records of General Officers of the Confederate States of America, by Charles B. Hall, 1898

GORDON, JOHN B., Georgia.
Lieutenant colonel, Sixth Alabama Infantry, December 26, 1861.
Colonel, Sixth Alabama Infantry, April 28, 1862.
Brigadier general, P. A. C. S., November 1, 1862.
Brigadier general, P. A. C. S., May 7, 1863.
Major general, P. A. C. S., May 14, 1864.
Lieutenant general, P. A. C. S., , 1865.

Brigade composed of the Thirteenth, Twenty-sixth, Thirty-first, Thirty-eighth, Sixtieth and Sixty-first Georgia Regiments Infantry (originally Lawton's Brigade), and the Sixth and Twelfth Battalions of Georgia Infantry, Early's Division, Army of Northern Virginia. Division composed of the brigades of Evans, Terry and York, Army of Northern Virginia. October 31, 1864, commanding a division in the Army of Valley District. Commanding Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, January 31, 1865. Commanding left wing, Army of Northern Virginia, to the surrender of General Lee, April, 1865.

Source: Military Records of General Officers of the Confederate States of America, by Charles B. Hall, 1898

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