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This Day in Georgia History

May 01, 1863

Edward Dorr Tracy Killed

Confederate general Edward Dorr Tracy was killed in the Battle of Port Gibson, Miss. Born Nov. 5, 1833 in Macon, Georgia, Tracy became a lawyer. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the 4th Alabama as a captain and was present at the Battle of First Manassas. In Oct. 1861, he was appointed a lieutenant colonel is the 19th Alabama and served at the Battle of Shiloh and in the defense of eastern Tennessee. In Aug. 1862, Tracy was promoted to brigadier general. On May 1, 1863, Tracy will killed at Port Gibson, Miss., while leading his brigade of Georgia and Alabama soldiers. His body was returned to Macon, where he was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery. In 1985, a state historical marker with information about Tracy was erected near his grave.