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This Day in Georgia History

February 14, 1829

Alfred Iverson Born

Confederate general Alfred Iverson Jr. was born in Clinton, Georgia. He served in the Mexican War, then practiced law. In 1855, he was commissioned as an officer in the 1st U.S. Cavalry. After Georgia’s secession, Iverson resigned from the U.S. Army and became a captain in the Confederate Army in Wilmington, N.C., where he recruited the 20th North Carolina. In Aug. 1861, he was promoted to colonel and served in the battles of Seven Days, South Mountain, and Sharpsburg. In Nov. 1862, Iverson was promoted to brigadier general in command of his own brigade in Rodes’ Division. He served at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, but in the latter battle he reportedly performed poorly and was reassigned to command state troops in Georgia. During Sherman’s Georgia campaign in 1864, Iverson commanded a brigade in Wheelers’ brigade. After the war, he served as a businessman and farmer. He died March 31, 1911 in Atlanta.