William W. Loring
Date of Birth: December 4, 1818
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Final Wartime Rank: Major General
Final Peacetime Rank: N/A
Date of Death: December 30, 1886
Place of Death: New York, NY
Buried At: St.
Major Battles: Jackson's 1862
Valley Campaign, Vicksburg Campaign, Atlanta Campaign, Battle of Franklin,
Battle of Nashville, Carolinas Campaign
Interesting Fact(s): Loring, with little education,
would begin his military career, as a youth, against the Seminoles, in
Florida. Later, he would study law and be elected to the Florida
legislature. He would be commissioned into Mounted Riflemen, and would
serve with distinction, in the Mexican War, earning two brevet promotions.
He would be wounded, and lose his arm, at Chapultepec. After resigning
his U.S. Army commission, he would be appointed brigadier general in the
Confederate Army. He would serve, sometimes contentiously, under
Thomas Jackson, during Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign.
relieve him from duty, and he would be sent west. Promoted major
general, in February 1862, he would be separated from
John Pemberton's army,
and would not reach Vicksburg. He would join forces, with
Johnston, and would remain a division commander, in
Leonidas Polk's Corps,
through John B. Hood's Tennessee Campaign. He would take part of
Johnston's Carolinas Campaign. After the war, he would serve abroad,
in Egypt, in the service of the Khedive.