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This Day in Georgia History

March 02, 1883

Dudley McIver DuBose Died

Former Georgia congressman and Confederate general Dudley McIver DuBose died in Washington, Georgia. Born Oct. 28, 1834, in Shelby County, Tenn., DuBose was admitted to the bar in 1857. After marrying the daughter of Robert Toombs, he practiced law in Memphis until 1860, when they moved to Augusta, Ga. In 1861, he joined the 15th Georgia Volunteer Infantry as a lieutenant. DuBose fought in the battles of Seven Days, Second Manassas, and Sharpsburg. Promoted to colonel in Jan.1863, he fought in the battles of Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and the Wilderness. In Nov. 1864, DuBose was promoted to brigadier general and given command of his own brigade in Kershaw’s Division, which participated in the battle of Petersburg and the Appomattox campaign. He was captured on April 6, 1865, and served several months as a prisoner of war. After the war, DuBose moved to Washington, Ga., though his wife died the following year. He resumed the practice of law, becoming a partner with Robert Toombs after Toombs’ return from exile. He represented Georgia for one term in the U.S. House of Representatives (1871-73). Failing to win reelection, he returned to Washington, Ga., where he practiced law until his death.