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This Day in Georgia History

February 11, 1882

William MacRae Died

Former Confederate general William MacRae died in Augusta, Georgia. Born Sept. 9, 1834 in Wilmington, N.C., McRae became a civil engineer. Joining the Monroe Light Infantry as a private, McRae became a captain when the unit was merged into the 15th North Carolina. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel and participated at the battles of Seven Days, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, and Fredericksburg. In Feb. 1863, McRae was promoted to colonel and served in the Bristoe campaign and the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor. In June 1864, McRae was promoted to brigadier general and commanded his own brigade in the Petersburg campaign and Appomattox. After the Civil War, McRae became a railroad superintendent.