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This Day in Georgia History

June 08, 1824

William M. Gardner Born

Future Confederate general William M. Gardner was born in Augusta, Georgia. He graduated from West Point in 1846, after which he served in the Mexican War. He resigned from the U.S. Army in January 1861 and subsequently served as a lieutenant colonel in the 8th Georgia Infantry. Wounds at the Battle of First Manassas left him unsuited to field command. In Nov. 1861, Gardner was designated brigadier general in command of the District of Middle Florida. In 1864, he became commander of Confederate prisons east of the Mississippi, serving in Richmond.