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This Day in Georgia History

November 19, 1827

Isaac Munroe St. John Born

Newspaper writer, civil engineer, and soldier Isaac M. St. John was born in Augusta, Georgia. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Fort Hill Guards as a private. In 1862, he served as Magruder’s chief engineer and rose to the rank of captain and then major. The next year, he was promoted to Lt. Col. in the Confederate Niter and Mining Corps. In Feb. 1865, St. John was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and at the time of the war’s end, he was Confederate Commissary General with responsibility for supplying the Confederacy with gunpowder and metals. In May 1865, St. John was one of several Confederate cabinet members that met with Jefferson Davis in Washington, Georgia for what amounted to the dissolution of the Confederate government. St. Johns died on Apr. 7, 1880 in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. and was buried in Richmond, Va.