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This Day in Georgia History

February 28, 1822

Matthew Duncan Ector Born

Lawyer, judge, and Confederate general Matthew Duncan Ector was born in Putnam County, Georgia. A lawyer and politician before the Civil War, he joined the 14th Texas Cavalry as a private in 1861, rose to brigade adjutant, and rapidly advanced to colonel and then brigadier general in 1862. Ector participated in Bragg’s invasion of Kentucky and subsequently commanded the 1st Brigade of McCown’s Division at Murfreesboro, Vicksburg, and Chickamauga. During the Atlanta campaign, Ector commanded his own brigade in French’s Division. Subsequently, he was involved in the defense of Mobile. After the war, he served as a lawyer and judge. Ector died on Oct. 29, 1879 in Tyler, Tex.