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This Day in Georgia History

January 07, 1821

Lucius Gartrell Born

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Georgia Congressman Lucius Jeremiah Gartrell was born in Wilkes County, Ga. He became a lawyer, and in 1856 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served until resigning on Jan. 23, 1861. In the Civil War, he helped raise the 7th Georgia Infantry, and in May 1861 he served as a colonel during the Battle of First Manassas. In January 1862, Gartrell resigned from military service to serve in the Confederate Congress. He later returned to military service, and in August 1864 was promoted to brigadier general. After the fall of Atlanta, Gartrell commanded four Georgia reserve regiments that tried to hamper Sherman’s March to the Sea. Gartrell died on April 7, 1891 in Atlanta, Ga.

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Source: Harper's Weekly