War Between the States

Wounded and captured at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee!

United States Congressman from Tennessee


(1836-1911) Born in Giles County, Tennessee, he graduated from Western Military Institute, in Nashville, in 1859. At the outbreak of the war, he enlisted in the 11th Tennessee Infantry, and by December 1862 he was their colonel. After service in east Tennessee, he fought in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign, and Franklin, Tenn., where he was wounded and captured. He was held as a prisoner of war at Fort Warren, Boston, until his release in July 1865. His commission as brigadier general was dated August 15, 1864. After the war he studied law and commenced a practice in Memphis. He then held a number of public offices in city and state government, culminating with his election in 1906 as a U.S. Congressman. He was the last Confederate General to sit in the Congress of the United States. He also served as commander-in-chief of the United Confederate Veterans.

Signature: 3 3/4 x 3/4, in ink, G.W. Gordon.

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