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This Day in Georgia History

April 28, 1883

William Montague Browne Died

William Montague Browne died in Athens, Georgia. Born July 7 1827, County Mayo, Ireland, he later fought with the British army in the Crimean War, after which he briefly served as a diplomat and newspaper editor. Immigrating to America, Browne would serve the Confederacy as an aide to President Jefferson Davis (with the rank of cavalry colonel) and interim Secretary of State (Feb.- Mar. 1862). He was assigned to Georgia to oversee the Confederate conscription law. In Nov. 1864, Browne assumed command of an infantry brigade to prepare for Savannah’s defense. Following the war, Browne’s career included work as a lawyer, editor, writer, and professor at the University of Georgia. After his death, he was buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens.