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This Day in Georgia History

August 04, 1895

Marcellus Augustus Stovall Died

Former Confederate general Marcellus Augustus Stovall died in Augusta, Georgia, where he was buried in Magnolia Cemetery. Born Sept. 18, 1818 in Sparta, Ga., Stovall received an appointment to West Point at age 18, but he resigned due to poor health. Of interest is the fact that while at West Point, Stovall’s roommate was William T. Sherman. Subsequently, Stovall became a merchant and captain of a militia artillery unit. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he became a colonel in the state militia. In Oct. 1861, Stovall was appointed lieutenant colonel in the 3rd Georgia Infantry, serving under Kirby Smith in Kentucky. In Jan. 1863, he was promoted to brigadier general and given command of a Confederate brigade in Breckenridge’s Division, which fought at Chickamauga and during Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. After the fall of Atlanta, Stovall commanded a brigade in Clayton’s Division that fought at Franklin and Nashville, and joined Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederate forces in the Carolinas. Following the war, Stovall became a cotton broker in Augusta and also founded and operated the Georgia Chemical Works, a fertilizer manufacturing company.