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This Day in Georgia History

March 18, 1829

William Robertson Boggs Born

Confederate general William Robertson Boggs was born in Augusta, Georgia. He graduated from West Point in 1853, after which he performed engineering and ordnance duties in the U.S. Army. After Georgia’s secession, Boggs resigned his U.S. commission. In Feb.1861, he was designated Chief Engineer of Georgia. Soon afterwards, he was named captain of ordnance under Confed. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard at Charleston. Subsequently, Boggs performed engineering duties in Florida and Georgia. In Nov. 1862, he was promoted to brigadier general and served as Gen. Kirby Smith’s chief of staff in the Confederate Army’s Trans-Mississippi Department. After the war, Boggs returned to Georgia to practice civil engineering. From 1875-1881 he taught mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Boggs died on Sept. 11, 1911 in Winston-Salem, N.C.