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This Day in Georgia History

February 23, 1838

Gilbert Moxley Sorrel Born

To view an image of Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Confederate general Gilbert Moxley Sorrel was born in Savannah, Georgia. He became a bank clerk and served as a private in a Savannah militia unit. On Jan. 3, 1861, Sorrell took part in the seizure of Ft. Pulaski by local militia. Subsequently, he served as a captain on the staff of Gen. James Longstreet at the Battle of First Manassas. Sorrel served under Longstreet during all of his battles. In Oct. 1864, he was promoted to brigadier general and commanded his own brigade in Mahone’s division at Petersburg and Hatcher’s Run. After the war, Sorrell became a merchant and steamship executive. He died Aug. 10, 1901 in Roanoke, Va.