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This Day in Georgia History

February 24, 1824

John Crawford Vaughn Born

To view an image of John C. Vaughn, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Confederate general John Crawford Vaughn was born in Roane City, Tenn. He served in the Mexican War, but was a merchant at the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1861, he recruited a regiment in eastern Tennessee and in June was designated a colonel in the 3rd Tennessee, which fought in the Battle of First Manassas. In Sept. 1862, Vaughn was promoted to brigadier general and given command of his own brigade in Smith’s Division during the Vicksburg campaign. He later commanded a brigade in Breckenridge’s Division during Jubal Early’s raid on Washington D.C. After commanding Confederate forces in East Tennessee, Vaughn escorted Pres. Jefferson Davis during his flight from Richmond into Georgia. After the war, Vaughn served as presiding officer of the Tennessee Senate. He died Sept. 10, 1875 near Thomasville, Georgia.