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John B. Gordon

Date of Birth:      February 6, 1832
Hometown:         Upson County, GA
Education:           University of Georgia
Final Wartime Rank:    Lieutenant General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     January 9, 1904
Place of Death:    Miami, FL
Buried At:           Atlanta, GA

Major Battles:        Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Antietam Campaign, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Overland Campaign, Early's 1864 Valley Campaign, Monocacy, Siege of Petersburg, Sailors Creek, Appomattox Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Gordon, from northern Georgia, would become one of the South's leading generals, in the eastern theater.  His promotion, through the ranks would be considered meteoric.  Prior to the Civil War, he would drop out of college, and develop coal mines in the northwest part of Georgia.  With no military training, he would be elected captain of the "Raccoon Roughs."  Gordon would participate in most all of the major battles, that the Army of Northern Virginia fought.  He would suffer severe wounds at both Malvern Hill (Seven Days), and Antietam.  In November, 1862, Gordon would be promoted brigadier general.  He would provide excellent service, to the C.S.A., during the Overland Campaign, and Early's 1864 Valley Campaign.  Gordon would be promoted to major general, in 1864.  On the retreat, from Petersburg, then lieutenant general, Gordon would command half of the Army of the Potomac.  After the war, Gordon would return to Georgia, and would be elected to the U.S. Senate and governor of Georgia.

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