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This Day in Georgia History

March 15, 1883

Henry Constantine Wayne Died

To view Henry C. Wayne correspondence, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Former Confederate general Henry Constantine Wayne died in Savannah. Born there on Sept. 18, 1815, Wayne graduated from West Point in 1838. During the Mexican War, he performed both artillery and quartermaster service. Wayne also studied the use of camels in the Southwest. In Dec. 1860, Wayne resigned his commission in the U.S. Army. After Georgia’s secession, he was appointed adjutant general and inspector general of Georgia troops. In Dec. 1861, Wayne was appointed brigadier general in the Confederate Provisional Army, but the next month he resigned this commission after having been ordered to Virginia. Wayne returned to Georgia as a major general in command of two brigades of Georgia militia to help in the defense of the state as Sherman launched his Atlanta Campaign. In June 1864, however, Wayne was relieved of command and assigned to administrative duties. After the war, he became involved in the timber industry.