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 and in the siege of Savannah he commanded the center of the line. After the evacuation of Savannah he was ordered to Branchville, S. C., to establish a depot of ordnance and other stores, intended to supply General McLaws' division along the Salkehatchie river and to assist General Hood's army as it came through; from Branchville he was ordered to Cheraw, from there to Goldsboro, and finally to Augusta, but before he reached the latter city General Lee surrendered. After the surrender, as soon as he was permitted by the Federal authorities, he resumed the practice of law. He was employed by several State banks to obtain from the Georgia legislature relief for their stockholders from personal liability for bank bills which had been issued; and while at Milledgeville on this mission he was taken sick with pneumonia, and died on the 27th of February, 1866.
Brigadier-General A. R. Lawton, prominently associated with the military organization of Georgia in 1861, and the record of her gallant troops in Virginia and Maryland in 1862, at Second Manassas, Harper's Ferry and Sharpsburg performing the duties of a major-general, subsequently administered the office of quartermaster-general of the army of the Confederate States. A sketch of his career appears in the first volume of this work, with those of other government officials.
Major-General Lafayette McLaws was born at Augusta, Ga., January 15, 1821. He was prepared for college in the city schools, and entered the university of Virginia in 1837. Before the conclusion of his first year he received notification of his appointment to a cadetship at West Point, and accordingly, in 1838, he entered the United States military academy, where he was graduated four years later. His first experience in army life was on the frontier. Then came the Mexican war. Before the actual opening of hostilities he was sent to the Texas
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