Georgia Generals and Staff


Little has been done to document the men who served as officers and the political figures from Georgia in the Civil War. While many of the names are known, I find no comprehensive site on line documenting these men. The book, "Georgia in the War 1861-1865" by Charles Edgeworth Jones has the most complete list I have found. Excerpts are included below.

You will often see officers designated as PACS of P.A.C.S. The Provisional Army of the Confederate States (PACS) began organizing on April 27, 1861 Virtually all regular, volunteer, and conscripted men preferred to enter this organization since officers could achieve a higher rank in the Provisional Army than they could in the Regular Army. If the war had ended successfully for them, the Confederates intended that the PACS would be disbanded, leaving only the The Army of the Confederate States of America (ACSA).

A more detailed article is found in the introduction to the "Confederate Regulars.

  • Confederate Cabinet Officers Appointed From Georgia
  • Members of the Confederate States Congress From Georgia
  • General Officers Commissioned by the State of Georgia
  • General Officers Appointed from Georgia and their Commands
  • Naval Officers Appointed From Georgia


  • Lt. General William Joseph Hardee
    Maj. General William Henry Talbot Walker
    Major General Joseph Wheeler
    Brigadier General Robert Houstoun Anderson
    Brigadier General John Carpenter Carter
    Brigadier General Henry DeLamar Clayton
    Brigadier General Alfred Cumming
    Brigadier General Matthew Duncan Ector
    Brigadier General James Thadeus Holtzclaw
    Brigadier General Alfred Iverson, Jr.
    Brigadier General John King Jackson
    Brigadier General Hugh Weedon Mercer
    Brigadier General Thomas Moore Scott
    Brigadier General Marcellus Augustus Stovall

    Barnet Phillips Jr...? He was born about 1826. He was in Ga. when Civil War started and joined under General Joseph Wheeler as a staff member or aide to camp. He was in Marietta Cobb Co., on April 2, 1862 where he married Josephine Myers that day. He served under Wheeler the entire war and they became friends. They both ended up in NY and continued to be friends until they died.

    REF: EMAIL from moore58@ipa.net (Alton Moore)
    Confederate Generals are buried at Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery.



    Three Generals can be found resting in the Confederate Generals section…..



    John Brown Gordon (1832-1904) was a native of Upson County and Major General, Confederate States Army. It has been said that General Gordon was one of General Lee’s most trusted and outstanding officers. At Antietam he was wounded in the calf. Then, a second ball hit him higher in the same leg. A third ball mangled his left arm and a fourth entered his shoulder. He bravely continued to lead his men. General Gordon finally left the field when he was hit in the face. He led the War’s last charge, and following the Appomattox surrender, returned to Georgia. He was idolized by the populace, General Gordon served his state three times a U.S. Senator and as Governor from 1886 until 1890. He was Commander-in-Chief of the United Confederate Veterans from its inception until his death



    Alred Iverson, Jr. (1829-1911) was a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army, but he began his military career in the Mexican War. Commissioned a First Lieutenant in the First U.S. Calvary, he served on frontier duty in Indian Territory and in expeditions against the Comanche and Kiowa. Commanding a Georgia brigade of cavalry (1300 men) on July 31, 1864, he captured Union General Stoneman after his brilliant strategy defeated Stoneman’s cavalry (2,300 men) near Macon, Georgia.



    Clement Anselm Evans(1833-1911) was also a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army and began his military career in his native Stewart County, Georgia, where he was commissioned Major in Company E, 31st Georgia Infantry. He led his men in virtually all battles of the Virginia Campaign and was engaged in the last charge of the War and surrendered under Lee at Appomattox. The remainder of his life was spent in public service as a Methodist minister. Some of the churches he served in the Atlanta area had over 1,000 members. Evans was also a trustee of three colleges and the originator of an educational loan fund to aid young men to gain a college education. He was editor of the twelve-volume “Confederate Military History” and served as Commander-in-Chief of the United Confederate Veterans



    The remaining two general are buried in their individual family lots.



    Lucius Jeremiah Gartrell (1821-1891) had already had a very successful career as an attorney and solitictor general for the northern judicial circuit. He also served in the Georgia House of Representatives and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Once the war was underway Gartrell formed the Seventh Regiment of the Georgia Volunteer Infantry, but after a year decided politics was a better choice. He was elected to the Confederate Congress in 1862. Following the war Gartrell ran for governor, but lost to Alexander Stephens.



    William Stephens Walker(1822-1899) was actually born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but raised in Mississippi by an uncle. He spent the early days of the Civil War mainly doing administrative type duties. In fact, he didn’t see his first action until May 20, 1864 when his horse was killed out from under him and he was injured after managing to get behind Union lines close to Richmond. Walker spent some time as a prisoner of war until he was exchanged. Following the war he settled in Georgia.



    Historic Oakland Cemetery has many unique mausoleums, and many famous folks from Atlanta are buried there. I featured some of the more unique burial spots in my article titled Living Among the Dead at my blog titled Georgia on My Mind.

    REF: http://www.examiner.com/article/confederate-generals-buried-at-atlanta-s-oakland-cemetery